the border is a private space is an indexical, performative series of land border-crossings at the U.S./Mexico border from Mexican ports of entry into the United States. With each border-crossing, I alter variables of my self-image and identification as minoritarian woman (through modes of appearance/dress, mannerisms, transportation, form of identification, and stated reasons for border-crossing) to create an indexical catalog of my interactions with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspectors. Examining the ritual of passport control and visualization of American national identity as a minoritarian woman artist, I am interested in locating the pivotal points at which CBP judgment and perception of threat distinguishes manageable versus unmanageable Otherness.