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Coco Fusco

Tomorrow, I Will Become an Island

Coco Fusco, Olga Viso, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Jill Lane, Anna Gritz, Antonio José Ponte


The first in-depth study of the performances, videos and social practice of the influential Cuban–American artist Coco Fusco

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Featuring contributions by renowned scholars of art history, performance art and Cuban cultural politics as well as an essay by the artist herself, Tomorrow, I will become an island offers a comprehensive review of Coco Fusco’s interdisciplinary art practice and her transnational perspective on race, gender and power.

For more than three decades, Fusco has been a leader in conversations around the intersection of identity, feminism, culture and politics in the Americas and beyond. Emerging during the 1980s as a pioneering advocate of multiculturalism in the arts, Fusco utilizes performance, video, exhibition making, archival research and writing to reflect upon the ways that intercultural relations and colonial histories shape the construction of the self and perceptions of cultural difference. Her work has critically examined society from a postcolonial perspective, engaging with debates about cultural politics throughout the Americas, Europe and elsewhere. This expansive approach is highlighted through a broad range of works that address themes including post-revolutionary Cuba, racial stereotypes, feminist politics, animal psychology, ethnographic displays, suppressed colonial records, military interrogation and sex tourism.

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'One of the Best Art Books of 2023 ... This visually captivating book documents the politics and the poetry, both sharp, of an important career very much in progress'
Holland Cotter, The New York Times

'This beautiful book looks back at [Coco Fusco's] influential work, including many of her memorable performances, in the three decades since she emerged on the scene in the 1990s. It’s an unfinished story as Fusco is still making work and publishing words that bring deep discomfort to the powers to be'

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 27.5 x 21.5 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Illustrations: 252

Publication date: 21 September 2023

ISBN: 9780500024928

Contents List

Tomorrow I Will Become an Island: Olga Viso
Introduction: Coco Fusco
The Politics of Discomfort: Julia Bryan-Wilson
Corporeality and Critique: Jill Lane
Inverting the Frame: Anna Gritz
Coco Fusco and the Empty Spaces of Havana: Antonio José Ponte
Body of Work, 1988–2022: Compiled by Ursula Davila-Villa and Anna Stothart
Exhibition and Performance History
Artist’s Writings
Selected Bibliography

About the Author

Olga Viso is an art historian and curator of contemporary visual art. She was executive director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis from 2007 to 2017. Coco Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and writer based in New York. Julia Bryan-Wilson is Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, New York. Anna Gritz is a curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. Jill Lane is associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University and director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Antonio José Ponte is a Madrid-based Cuban author, poet and essayist.

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