Counter-telling the USA-Mexico Border: Codex Espangliensis

Kumar Mangalam Pathak


Codex Espangliensis (2000) is an engaging and powerful cultural text from the various uneven terrains of the USA-Mexico border. As a multimedia collaboration of performance artist Guillermo Gomez-Pena, visual artist Enrique Chagoya and book artist Felicia Rice, Codex emerges intertwined with the artists’ territorial and discursive crossings of the border. While doing this, both the text and its participants confront and creatively decode geo-historical territorial limits and socio-cultural ‘norms’ dictating this border.

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