Coco Fusco: Cuba Portraits

 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Coco Fusco has had to postpone her screening and appearance at Conversations at the Edge. She will return in an upcoming season.

Thursday, November 30, 6:00 p.m. 
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

For more than 30 years interdisciplinary artist Coco Fusco has explored notions of race, identity, and power through video and performance. In recent years Fusco has examined a number of legendary stories that lack pictorial representation due to institutional censorship or an absence of governmental documentation. She presents two intimate artist portraits centered on concepts of the body, state control, and expurgation, investigating their effects on artistic production and political discourse in Cuba. Both created in 2015, La confesión explores the public confession of poet and accused counterrevolutionary Heberto Padilla, while La botella al mar de María Elena focuses on the state intimidation of political reformer María Elena Cruz Varela. These portraits examine the relationship of art and artists to our contemporary political moment while charting a legacy of regime power and control of information.

Presented in collaboration with the Video Data Bank.

2015, Cuba / USA, multiple formats, ca 65 min + discussion

Coco Fusco in person

Coco Fusco (b. New York City) is a Cuban-American interdisciplinary artist and writer. She is the Andrew Banks Endowed Professor of Art at the University of Florida and the recipient of several fellowships and awards, such as a 2014 Cintas Fellowship, 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2013 Absolut Art Writing Award, 2013 Fulbright Fellowship, 2012 US Artists Fellowship, and a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. Fusco's performances and videos have been presented in the 56th Venice Biennale, two Whitney Biennials (2008 and 1993), BAM’s Next Wave Festival, the Biennale of Sydney, Johannesburg Biennale, Kwangju Biennale, Shanghai Biennale, InSite O5, Mercosul, Transmediale, London International Theatre Festival, VideoBrasil, and Performa05. Her works have also been shown at the Tate Liverpool; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. She is represented by Alexander Gray Associates in New York.