Coco Fusco

Cuban-American, b. 1960

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Coco Fusco

Cuban-American, b. 1960

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An interdisciplinary artist, writer, and feminist theorist, Coco Fusco explores the politics of gender, race, war, and identity in videos, photography, and multimedia productions that incorporate performance, projections, and audience interaction. Fusco is best known for her two-year touring performance collaboration with Guillermo Gomez-Pena, The Year of the White Bear and Two Amerindians Visit the West (1992–4), in which the two artists locked themselves in a cage and acted the part of native inhabitants of a Latin American island, for white onlookers to watch; members of the audience could pay for dances, stories, and Polaroids. Her video work, The Empty Plaza/ La Plaza Vacia (2012), is a meditation, following the 2011 Arab Spring, on communal spaces around the world being utilized for protest, and those left vacant, such as the empty Plaza de la Revolución in Havana, Cuba. Other works have examined intercultural and gendered encounters in times of war, and the interrogation methods and power dynamics of military prisons.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 8 more
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frieze, and 1 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 5 more
Biography

An interdisciplinary artist, writer, and feminist theorist, Coco Fusco explores the politics of gender, race, war, and identity in videos, photography, and multimedia productions that incorporate performance, projections, and audience interaction. Fusco is best known for her two-year touring performance collaboration with Guillermo Gomez-Pena, The Year of the White Bear and Two Amerindians Visit the West (1992–4), in which the two artists locked themselves in a cage and acted the part of native inhabitants of a Latin American island, for white onlookers to watch; members of the audience could pay for dances, stories, and Polaroids. Her video work, The Empty Plaza/ La Plaza Vacia (2012), is a meditation, following the 2011 Arab Spring, on communal spaces around the world being utilized for protest, and those left vacant, such as the empty Plaza de la Revolución in Havana, Cuba. Other works have examined intercultural and gendered encounters in times of war, and the interrogation methods and power dynamics of military prisons.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 8 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 5 more
Articles Featuring Coco Fusco
8 Women Who Turned Food into Feminist Art
Dec 30th, 2016
Ana Mendieta’s Death Should Not Define Her Legacy, Says Coco Fusco
Feb 3rd, 2016
Mali’s Beloved Photography Biennial Returns in the Wake of Political Turmoil
Nov 2nd, 2015
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