States of Democracy

and Borderstasis by Guillermo Gómez-Peña


Borderstasis by Guillermo Gómez Peña 1998 compliments the work of States of Democracy and is exhibited at the Albright Gallery, the video is on loan from the Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. If there are counter-culture super/anti heroes, Guillermo Gómez Peña certainly would stand among them. Borderstasis is a compilation of video performances that stab right through the facade of perceived notions of border culture, the American north and south, stereotypes and confrontations of race, ethnicity, culture, language, and politics. In tandem with States of Democracy, “Borderstasis” completes the journey through the gallery spaces. Gómez-Peña gives alternative and often maligned communities and lifestyles (“the others”) hope and the ammunition to stand up for each other and for anyone else that hasn’t found the itinerant, placeless, and ephemeral communities they have always belonged to.