Coco Fusco is a New York-based writer and interdisciplinary artist. She has performed, published, lectured and curated throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Latin America and South Africa. Her most recent work includes STUFF, a performance collaboration with San Francisco-based artist Nao Bustamante, which premiered in the fall of 1996 at the National Review of Live Art in Glasgow; Better Yet When Dead, a recently completed solo performance installation which will premiere at YYZ in Toronto in 1997; and Corpus Delecti, a retrospective of Latin American performance art which she organized for London’s Institute for Contemporary Art which took place in November, 1996. Her latest video project Pochonovela, a parody of Latin American soap operas, received an Honorable Mention at the 1996 Cinefestival in San Antonio and was recently broadcast on KCET (Los Angeles). Her collection of essays on art, media and cultural politics, entitled English is Broken Here, was published in 1995 by The New Press.
Between 1989 and 1995, Fusco created a series of collaborative works with Mexican artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña. They include Norte: Sur, an interdisciplinary arts project involving installation, multi-media, audio art and performance, which was presented at San Francisco’s Mexican Museum as part of the Festival 2000; La Chavela Realty Co., a complementary performance to Gómez-Peña’s 1991 performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival; 1992: The Year of the White Bear, about the so-called “Discovery of America” which premiered at The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; and Mexarcane International, a performance designed for shopping malls, which premiered at the National Review of Live Art in Glasgow. The Couple in the Cage, (1993) a documentary of their caged performances, aired on KCET and WGBH (Boston). It was also selected for the 1993 New York Film Festival and was named Best Performance Documentary at the Atlanta Film & Video Festival. Fusco and Gómez-Peña’s work was also selected for the 1992 Sydney Biennale, the 1993 Whitney Biennial, and the 1995 London International Theatre Festival. Their collaborative radio pieces have been aired on National Public Radio through the Crossroads and The Territory of Art series.
Fusco’s writings have appeared in such publications as The Village Voice, The Washington Post, The Nation, Art in America, Afterimage, Frieze, Screen and Third Text (Britain), and La Jornada (Mexico). She has also curated numerous international media exhibitions, including Young, British and Black: The Works of Sankofa and Black Audio Film Collective (1988); Internal Exile: New Films and Videos from Chile (1990); The Hybrid State Film Series (1991) and The Robert Flaherty Seminar (1991).