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Coco Fusco, 2018. Photo by Ross Collab.

Coco Fusco (b.1960), interdisciplinary artist and writer, explores the politics of gender, race, war, and identity through multi-media productions incorporating large-scale projections, closed-circuit television, web-based live streaming performances with audience interaction, as well as performances that actively engage with audiences. Over the past twenty-five years, Fusco has investigated the ways that intercultural dynamics affect the construction of the self and ideas about cultural otherness. Her work is informed by multicultural and postcolonial discourses as well as by feminist and psychoanalytic theories, yielding art projects about ethnographic displays, animal psychology, sex tourism in the Caribbean, labor conditions in free trade zones, suppressed colonial records of indigenous struggles, and military interrogation in the War on Terror. Much of her recent work focuses on Cuban culture in the post-Communist era.

Biography

Coco Fusco (b.1960), interdisciplinary artist and writer, explores the politics of gender, race, war, and identity through multi-media productions incorporating large-scale projections, closed-circuit television, web-based live streaming performances with audience interaction, as well as performances at cultural events that actively engage with the audience.

A solo exhibition of Fusco’s work, Swimming on Dry Land/Nadar en seco, is currently on view at the Flaten Art Museum, Northfield, MN. Fusco’s work was recently on view at Manifesta 11 What People Do For Money, curated by Christian Jankowski, Zurich, Switzerland (2016), All the World’s Futures at the 56th Venice Biennale, curated by Okwui Enwezor, and at the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Germany curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose (2015). Fusco’s performances and videos have been included in the 69th Berlinale (2019); 8th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2010); two Whitney Biennials (2008 and 1993); VideoBrasil, São Paulo (2005); Performa 05, New York (2005); Shanghai Biennale, China (2004); Johannesburg Biennial, South Africa (1997); London International Theatre Festival, England (1995); and Sydney Biennale, Australia (1992), among others. Her work has recently been featured at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (2018); Dallas Museum of Art, TX (2017); Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico (2016); Brooklyn Museum, NY (2015); Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany (2015); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (2014); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2014); New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2013); Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX (2012); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain (2012); and Tate Liverpool, England (2010), among others.

Fusco is the Andrew Banks Endowed Professor of Art at the University of Florida and author of English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas (1995), The Bodies that Were Not Ours and Other Writings (2001), and A Field Guide for Female Interrogators (2008). She is the editor of Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas (1999) and Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self (2003). Her most recent book Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba was released by Tate Publications (2015).
 

She has won numerous awards, including the 2018 Rabkin Foundation Prize for Art Journalism; Greenfield Prize in Visual Art (2016); CINTAS Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship (2014–2015); Guggenheim Fellowship (2013); Absolut Art Award for Art Writing (2013); USA Berman Bloch Fellow (2012); and Herb Alpert Award in the Arts (2003). 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). Since 1988, she has performed, lectured, exhibited, and curated around the world.

Public Collections

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX
Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA
Imperial War Museum in London, United Kingdom
Musée d’Arts de Nantes, France

El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, NY
Queens Museum, NY
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA