Coco Fusco creates performances and videos about intercultural relations. Fusco is best known for her performance The Couple in the Cage (1993), in which she and artist Guillermo Gomez-Peña posed as Amerindians on display at various museums. The piece mocked the ethnographic treatment of indigenous people and served as a satirical commentary on the concurrent quincentenary celebrations of Columbus’s discovery of America. In a more recent work, A Room of One’s Own (2006), she explores military torture and gender, playing an interrogator training women recruits. Fusco is also a writer and Associate Professor at Parsons The New School for Design.
Portrait photo courtesy Nathan Betts.