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The Bodies That Were Not Ours

And Other Writings, 1st Edition

By Coco Fusco


284 pages

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Paperback: 9780415251747
pub: 2001-10-18
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Interdisciplinary artist and writer Coco Fusco is one of North America's leading interpreters of intercultural theory and practice. This volume gathers together her finest writings since 1995 and includes critical essays by Jean Fisher and Caroline Vercoe that interpret her work.

Engaging and provocative, these essays, interviews, performance scripts and fotonovelas take readers on a tour of our current multicultural landscape. Fusco explores such issues as sex tourism in Cuba as a barometer of the island's entry into the global economy, Frantz Fanon's theorization of metropolitan blackness, and artistic and net activist responses to the effects of free trade on the Mexican populace. She interviews such postcolonial personnae as Isaac Julien, Hilton Als and Tracey Moffatt. Approaching the dynamics of cultural fusion from many angles, Fusco's satires, commentaries, and sociological inquiries collapse boundaries, and form a sustained meditation on how the forces of globalization impact upon the making of art.


'Fusco has contributed significantly and passionately to academic identity discourse, [this is] her most dynamic work … uniquely provocative.' - Parachute

'Fusco is a fine journalist.' - Nka

'It is rare that one will discover such a global thinker such as Coco Fusco whose vision manages to encompass issues within contemporary art … with a conscience of history and power.' - Ezine

About the Author

Coco Fusco is the author of English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas (1995) and the editor of Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas (1999). She is an associate professor at the Tyler School of Art of Temple University.

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PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Stagecraft