In the name of ♥︎ is a reference to “In the name of love” by Sarah Ahmed, published in Borderlands e-journal (2003). This work explores the use of the heart symbol in the context of social media, e-commerce and the rise of nationalist mindsets in Europe. Beyond its usual conventions (a symbol for love), how does the ♥︎ facilitate a design of trust to conceal privacy breach and to fuel stricter border closure politics?
This poem is part of an installation and a video. Five women and non-binary are reading a spoken-word piece on the female body and the idealisation of the nation-state.