© 2020 by Yasmine ElMeleegy

Cactus Borders, 2013-2015

Garment made from real cactus and fabrics

Cactus Borders is a living garment whose short life span is devoted to the protection of the female body in public space. It is the product of a collaboration between organisms: artist and cactus. One dress requires hours of labor, and the garment lives for only a day or two. The cactus surrenders its life to perform its function as armor.


How does a woman protect herself from harassment? Wearing the dress, she is silent; the organism speaks for her in the fused language of beauty and peril. Meeting aggression with aggression, Cactus Borders comments on the cycle of violence and how difficult it is to exit.


The garment was worn in public performance in Cairo.