MODULE 4. Borders

Banu Cennetoğlu

Istanbul-based artist engaged in a wide range of cross-disciplinary practices. Her practice incorporates methods of mapping, collecting and archiving in order to question and challenge the politics of memory, as well as the production, distribution and consumption of information. Since 2007 Cennetoğlu is a facilitator for The List, an ongoing collaboration with UNITED for Intercultural Action, a human rights NGO based in Europe. She is the founder of BAS, an, artist-run space dedicated to artists’ books and printed matter. Cennetoğlu had solo exhibitions at institutions including K21 Ständehaus, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf; Sculpture Center, New York; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Bonner Kunstverein; Salonul de proiecte, Bucharest; Kunsthalle Basel. She has participated in the Berlin, Istanbul, Liverpool, Gwangju, Athens and Venice Biennials, as well as Manifesta 8 and documenta14. Cennetoğlu is currently an advisor at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam.

Tania Adam

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Journalist and cultural producer, is the founder of Radio Africa Magazine. Her work explores African migration, diasporas and music throughout the Black Atlantic. Her multidisciplinary practice breathes alternative stories about the African continent and the heterogeneity of Blackness into the collective imaginary in order to respond to the questions and difficulties that emerge from the social adaptability of Afro-diasporic cultures and people in the Spanish and European territory.

She has been the presenter and director of Radio Africa on Betevé Radio since 2018, and has written in media outlets such as El Salto Diario, El Crític, La Directa, Africa is a Country, Ctxt and La Maleta de Portbou. In addition, she coordinated and participated in numerous debates and conferences at renowned cultural institutions in Spain such as MACBA, CCCB, Born Centre Cultural and the Biennial of Thought in Barcelona, Matadero and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, and Tabakalera in Donostia. She also took part in the Bamako Encounters Photography Biennial in Mali.

Carles Bover

Graduate in Audiovisual Communication and is specialised with a master’s degree in Documentary and New Formats and in Audiovisual Distribution and Marketing. In 2015, Bover presented his first documentary short film, Escucha mi mirada, about his cousin with cerebral palsy. He then co-produced and co-directed his first documentary feature, Gas the Arabs, with Julio Pérez in 2018, on the situation in the Gaza Strip following a bombing by the Israeli army, as well as his latest short film titled GAZA (2017), winner of the 2019 Goya Award for Best Documentary Short Film. In 2020 he premiered his first solo feature film, Destrucció creativa d’una ciutat, about the gentrification of Palma.

Meritxell Esquirol

Researcher and cultural analyst with a PhD in Media and Communications, specialising in critical feminist theory, theory of representation and political economics. She is a collaborating professor of Sociology of Media and Communications at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), and since 2010 has coordinated the Fòrum Comunicació, Educació i Ciutadania communications development project, promoted by Ingeniería Sin Fronteras of the Balearic Islands and financed by the Directorate General of Cooperation of the Government of the Balearic Islands. In both the academic and professional fields, she incorporates analysis which is post/de-colonial, intersectional and community-based, developing participatory, collaborative and network-based processes.


Platform dedicated to cultural research, creative practice and production that focuses its area of action on participatory design, urban intervention and community processes of a transdisciplinary nature. It develops its work in collaboration with other groups and agents that operate in various areas of city management and construction. Its proposals are developed in a collaborative, experimental and situated way, in constant dialogue with the context and the unforeseen. Shared experience and affective ties are the fundamental basis for the design and implementation of programmes that aim to promote communication between the various individuals and groups involved in the development of actions of common interest. Grigri, founded as a cultural association in 2016, is made up of curator and cultural producer Susana Moliner and architect David Pérez.

Marusia López Cruz

Mexican feminist with a degree in Ethnology from the National School of Anthropology and History in Mexico City and a master’s degree in Gender and Development from the University of Barcelona (UB). She is currently co-director of the Iniciativa Mesoamericana de Defensoras, an organisation created in 2010 for the all-round feminist protection of women human rights defenders and organisations against the socio-political violence that takes place in the region. She was the director for Mexico and Central America of the international feminist organization Just Associates (JASS).

In 1994 she began her activity in organisations with work in the community sphere, promoting the rights of women in rural, indigenous and popular urban areas. She later became the coordinator of the Elige Youth Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, and was part of the Consortium for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equality. She is an advisor to the Global Fund for Women and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Calala Women’s Fund. In 2013 she received the Women Have Wings Award, preceded by the Omecíhuatl Medal in 2012, awarded by the National Institute of Women in Mexico. Among her most recent publications are: Protección colectiva para defender el territorio (JASS & Fund for Global Human Rights, 2021), La crisis ya estaba aquí (IM-Defensoras, 2020), Caminando más seguras, saberes para nuestra protección (JASS, 2020) and Repensando la protección, el poder y los movimientos (JASS, 2017).

Sandro Mezzadra

Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bologna and Associate Researcher at the Culture and Society Institute of Western Sydney University. He has been visiting professor and researcher at different centres, including the New School for Social Research (New York), Humboldt University (Berlin), Duke University (Durham, North Carolina), Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (Paris), University of Ljubljana, FLACSO Ecuador and UNSAM (Buenos Aires). Over the past decade, his work has focused mainly on the relationships between globalisation, migration and political processes, on contemporary capitalism, as well as on postcolonial theory and criticism. He is an active participant in debates on post-operaismo and one of the founders of the Euronomade website (

His published work includes: Derecho de fuga. Migraciones, ciudadanía y globalización (Traficantes de Sueños, 2005), La condizione postcoloniale. Storia e politica nel presente globale (Ombre Corte, 2008), Un mondo da guadagnare. Per una teoria politica del presente (Meltemi, 2020) and In the Marxian Workshops: Producing Subjects (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). Along with Brett Neilson, he is also author of Border as Method (Duke University Press, 2013) and The Politics of Operations: Excavating Contemporary Capitalism (Duke University Press, 2019). He has worked on various European and international research projects, and currently coordinates the Horizon 2020 PLUS (Platforms, Labour, Urban Spaces) project.