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“The Politics of Vision: Film, Race and Borderscapes,” by Junyoung Verónica Kim, LACS Weekly Seminar Series

Monday, April 25, 2022 at 1:00pm to 2:15pm


Co-sponsored by the East Asia Program

In this talk Veronica Kim will explore ways in which notions of visuality are interconnected with epistemological frameworks of race/ethnicity/nationality and space/territoriality/borders by analyzing Juan Martín Hsu’s film La Salada (2014). By taking as its focus the borderscape of La Salada – the large informal market located in the south of Buenos Aires – that arose from the harsh neoliberal restructurings during the 1990s and the growing waves of migration to the Argentine capital from neighboring countries (e.g., Bolivia), as well as from East Asia (e.g., South Korea), Hsu’s film calls our attention to the intimate connections between the workings of global capitalism, the multiplication of different forms of labor, and the heterogenization of borders. The combining and intersecting of differential geographical scales (the national, the transnational, the local, the global) and the biopolitics of migrant labor (race/gender/sexuality) that the film depicts, complicate not only notions of national territory and identity, but also an understanding of the economic (e.g. neoliberalism, market, finance). Where do we locate and how do we visualize migratory spaces and border zones? How do these spaces suspect dominant narratives of global capitalism and labor? Moreover, how do we understand the relations between biopolitics and geopolitics in the context of global capitalism? Specifically examining the contacts and exchanges between “Asia(ns)” and “Latin America(ns)”–which provide the main narrative technology of Hsu’s film– sheds light on the ways in which human bodies complicate the dominant discourse that reduces “Asia” and “Latin America” to mean national economies.

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Latino Studies Program, Art, Asian Studies, History, Government, History of Art and Visual Studies, East Asia Program, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Global Cornell, Media Studies

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Junyoung Verónica Kim, Assistant Professor of Visual Culture/Media, and Latin American Culture and Literature

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Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures, University of Pittsburgh

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