Mirelle Borra

The Netherlands

Mirelle Borra’s work engages with social and political topics in an attempt to re-frame these issues in new ways. Borra seeks to examine structures of representation through a transnational perspective while staying in constant dialog with the context from which the work is derived. Her work has been shown in several international art festivals and exhibitions, such as Art in General, NYC, the 7th Berlin Biennale, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and the 59th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. Borra was born in the Netherlands, and after living in New York City for many years, she is currently based in Berlin.


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Somewhere in Between

2016
HD Video, 7’, with sound


The video Somewhere in Between reflects on the Indo diaspora after the decolonization of the Dutch East Indies (nowadays Indonesia). Hundreds of thousands of people of Eurasian heritage were forced to leave the country after the Bersiap period (the bloody separation between the Netherlands and its colony). The narration of the video conflates a number of comments left on online Indo community networks. Shaped like a stream of thoughts — Somewhere in Between highlights different aspects of the process to redefine identity and culture.