LIMBOLANDIA is a performance/video collaboration by artists Michael Anthony García and Natalie Goodnow, created in response to a section of the chapter “Tlilli, Tlapalli / The Path of the Red and Black Ink” in Chicana feminist theorist and author Gloria Anzaldúa's Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. Josh T. Franco invited us to respond to this section of Anzaldúa's text as part of a feature in zingmagazine called "DOUBLECROSS." Anzaldúa likens borderlands to open wounds, worlds that are neither in this country nor that, but spawn their own new embattled subjectivities. She describes her own creative process as a birth, in which works of art emerge from similar internalized borderlands within.
Our work explores both the resonances and discordant notes between our own creative processes and those that Anzaldúa articulates. In LIMBOLANDIA, we explore the problems and possibilities of identity politics - the power and the risks of daring to raise one's voice in concert with others. Our abstracted video collage is comprised of various drawings related to imagery Anzaldúa uses in her text, sections of protest songs, appropriated footage of the Rio Grande, as well as performative elements developed for the task of creating this new work.