"About five years ago, I recognized that I had completed a cycle as an artist and that I had to rethink my way of working and my focus if I was going to grow. The next two years were absolutely agonizing. I destroyed dozens of scripts and essays. I vowed not to work with any electronic equipment in order to define what my own physical and mental space was, and for one year only performed live with firelight. Near the end of that year, all the trouble I had had making creative decisions disappeared and new work emerged. The precipice turned out to be a grueling but needed step."

Whether she is performing, creating video installations, writing for a wide variety of publications (from Art in America to The Nation,) or encouraging the exchange of ideas in face-to-face intercultural interaction or on the web, interdisciplinary artist Coco Fusco is attempting to disrupt the dominant discourse. Her current work focuses on the social impact of globalization and technology on subaltern peoples.* Playing with ethnographic documentary paradigms, soap operas, talk shows and variety show formats, surveillance cameras and closed circuit television, she examines how different cinematic and televisual genres shape perception. Embodied, engaged, and critical, her innovative practice assertively troubles the waters of contemporary culture.


*In critical theory, subaltern refers to subjugated, colonized or disenfranchised peoples.

Born 1960, New York City
Lives in New York City
1985 M.A., Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University
1982 B.A., Literature and Society and Semiotics, Brown University


2003 The Incredible Disappearing Woman, a multimedia performance with video projections
2002 Dolores from 10 to 10 (video installation), based on net.performance with Ricardo Dominguez
1999 Els Segadors (video)
1999-00 Votos (performance)
1997 Rights of Passage (performance)
1996-99 Stuff (performance) with Nao Bustamante
1995 Pochonovela (video)
1993 The Couple in the Cage (video)
1990 Norte:Sur (installation/performance) with Guillermo Gomez-Peľa

2003 Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, editor, Abrams (forthcoming)
2001 The Bodies that Were Not Ours and Other Writings, Routledge/INIVA
2000 Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas, editor, Routledge
1995 English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas, The New Press

2003 Honorable Mention, Transmediale, Berlin
2002 Arts International Touring Sponsorship Grant
1998 Multi-Arts Production Fund, Rockefeller Foundation
1998 Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art
1995 Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Artist's Fellowship
1991 New York State Council on the Arts, Media Program
1991 National Endowment for the Arts, Interarts
1991, 97 New York Foundation for the Arts, Non-Fiction Fellowships

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