Coco Fusco
Visual Artist
Brooklyn, NY
2012 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Nancy M. Berman & Alan Bloch.

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.
  • Artwork by Coco Fusco
    La Plaza Vacia (video still), 2012; photo credit Coco Fusco
Artwork by Coco Fusco