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Coco Fusco

Interdisciplinary artist and writer

New York


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I begin with ideas that intrigue me and then I elaborate projects across various artistic media as well as writing. I am about to begin shooting my first fiction film—the most ambitious project I have ever undertaken.

Coco Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. She confronts systems of thought that underpin dominant power structures and cultural histories with a focus on Latin America and Cuba. In her performances, videos, and essays Fusco destabilizes the enclosures that regulate, divide, and exploit people.

Fusco is a recipient of a 2021 American Academy of Arts and Letters Arts Award, a 2018 Rabkin Prize for Arts Writers, a 2016 Greenfield Prize, a 2014 Cintas Fellowship, a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2013 Absolut Art Writing Award, a 2013 Fulbright Fellowship, a 2012 United States Artists Fellowship, and a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. Fusco’s works have been presented in the 56th Venice Biennale, two Whitney Biennials (1993 and 2008), and several other international exhibitions. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Imperial War Museum, London; and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art. She is represented by Alexander Gray Associates in New York, and is a professor of art at The Cooper Union. Fusco received her BA in semiotics from Brown University (1982), her MA in modern thought and literature from Stanford University (1985), and her PhD in art and visual culture from Middlesex University (2007).

Selected Works

Two people are standing in a toy store: one faces the camera and wears a shirt that reads “Eu Sou Um Consumidor” the other faces away and wears a shirt that reads “Não Me Prenda.”
People in a movie theater recline in black inner tubes while the screen displays a seagull in flight.
A woman’s hand cuts a stack of signed cards with a pair of scissors. Text superimposed over the image reads: “and with a scissor we would cut them. What’s more, I would sign each one.”