Coco Fusco, ‘The Empty Plaza / La Plaza Vacia’, 2012, Museum of Arts and Design

Image rights: Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York

Courtesy of the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, New York

About Coco Fusco

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.

Cuban-American, b. 1960, New York, New York, based in New York, New York