“She kicks postcolonialist rhetoric in the teeth, [and] blurs the boundaries of performance.” – Dayna McLeod, The Hour Weekly, Montreal
New York-based interdisciplinary artist Coco Fusco spent three years researching the lives of Latin American women working in the global economy before creating The Incredible Disappearing Woman, a work about art, sex, death and disappearance at the US-Mexico border. Two humans and a decrepit robot (who does not understand that she is not human) are confined in a “live chat” room connected to the internet responding to instructions from four off-stage characters. In this experimental theatre work, Fusco examines how and why we relate to political violence via technological media.
Coco Fusco has performed, lectured, exhibited, and curated throughout North and South America, Europe, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, and Japan. She is the author of several books, including English is Broken Here and The Bodies That Were Not Ours and Other Writings, and has published excerpts of her writings in The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, Art in America, and The Nation. Fusco’s performances and videos have been included in the Whitney Biennial, The Johannesburg Biennial, The Kwangju Biennial, The London International Theatre Festival, and the National Review of Live Art. She first performed at PICA in 1997 in Stuff, a work she created in collaboration with Nao Bustamente. The Incredible Disappearing Woman was commissioned by PICA through a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation’s Multi Arts Production Fund and premiered at the In-Transit Festival at Berlin’s House of World Cultures in June, 2003. Fusco was a 2003 recipient of the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts.