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An Island Apart: Cuban Artists in Exile - Spring 2016: Coco Fusco

Information to support Spring 2016 Cuban visual and performing arts programming.

Coco Fusco

Biography

Coco Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and writer, and her work will be featured in a video exhibition in Spring 2016. She is currently working on a new book entitled Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba

Fusco's work combines electronic media and performance in a variety of formats, from staged multi-media performances incorporating large scale projections and closed circuit television to live performances streamed to the internet that invite audiences to chart the course of action through chat interaction. Her most recent performance, Observations of Predation in Humans: A Lecture by Dr. Zira, Animal Psychologist, revives the character from Planet of the Apes to offer a commentary on contemporary forms of aggression that is supplemented by multimedia illustration. 

Fusco received her B.A. in Semiotics from Brown University (1982), her M.A. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University (1985) and her Ph.D. in Art and Visual Culture from Middlesex University (2007).

Source: Coco Fusco Bio

The Couple in the Cage

Directed by Fusco and Paula Heredia, The Couple in the Cage: Guatianaui Odyssey documents a performance art piece of the same name. Featuring Fusco and Guillermo Gómez-Peña as members of a fictional Caribbean tribe, The Couple in the Cage examines Western interactions with cultures perceived as primitive. More information.

Documentary-The Couple in the Cage from Paula Heredia on Vimeo.

Coco Fusco's Books

Books Fusco has written or edited.

Articles & Online Resources

The following represents just a sample of available material on Coco Fusco. For more articles, see the library database OneSearch.

ARTICLES:

INTERNET:

  • CocoFusco.com: personal website with galleries and more information.
  • Alexander Gray Associates: Fusco's gallery representation, with links to articles/reviews, exhibition and project photos, and more.

Recent Article

The State of Detention: Performance, Politics, and the Cuban Public in e-flux. She discusses the detention of Cuban artist Tania Bruguera and how this relates to the current political climate in Cuba.

Print Resources

This is just a selection of books that address Fusco's work, see the OhioLINK catalog and WorldCat for other possible sources.