1st Edition

The Bodies That Were Not Ours And Other Writings

By Coco Fusco Copyright 2001
    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Section One Borne in Captivity; Chapter 1 The Bodies That Were Not Ours 1996; Chapter 2 Mexarcane International; Chapter 3 Better Yet When Dead; Chapter 4 The Man and the Myth; Chapter 5 Captain Shit and other Allegories of Black Stardom; Chapter 6 Wreaking Havoc on the Signified; Chapter 7 My Kind of Conversation; Chapter 8 The Unbearable Weightiness of Beings; Chapter 9 Votos (Vows); Section Two Other Perspectives; Chapter 10 PaquĆ­ta y Chata Se Arrebatan; Chapter 11 A pilot for a Chicano soap opera; Section Three Suspended in Transit; Chapter 12 Blacks in the Metropolis; Chapter 13 Rights of Passage; Chapter 14 Stuff; Chapter 15 BAD GRRL BRAVADO; Chapter 16 Hustling for Dollars; Chapter 17 Bridge Over Troubled Waters; Chapter 18 El Ultimo Deseo (The Last Wish); Chapter 19 El Evento Suspendido (The Postponed Event); Chapter 20 Mamas, Sistahs and Auntie Men; Chapter 21 Sudaca Enterprises; Chapter 22 Modernity Deferred; Chapter 23 At Your Service; Chapter 24 The Incredible Disappearing Woman; Section Four Other Perspectives; Chapter 25 Witness for the Prosecution, Jean Fisher; Chapter 26 Agency and Ambivalence;


    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.

    '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