The Bodies That Were Not Ours: And Other Writings / Edition 1

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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.
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Taking on "Captain Shit and Other Allegories of Black Stardom," Performance artist and cultural theorist Coco Fusco (English Is Broken Here) presents The Bodies That Were Not Ours and Other Writings, a series of meditations on and interviews with artists like Chris Offili (the captain himself) and Tracey Moffatt; dialogues on "Stuff" including wry instructions on how to rhumba ("Fant stico, OK let's add the shoulders!"); essays about her own performances; and ruminations on sex workers in Cuba and Mexican art in the age of free trade. Uniting this various collection is Fusco's provocative, sharp-tongued commentary on the relationship between art and the daily, bodily experiences of formerly colonized peoples. ( Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Taking on "Captain Shit and Other Allegories of Black Stardom," Performance artist and cultural theorist Coco Fusco (English Is Broken Here) presents The Bodies That Were Not Ours and Other Writings, a series of meditations on and interviews with artists like Chris Offili (the captain himself) and Tracey Moffatt; dialogues on "Stuff" including wry instructions on how to rhumba ("Fant stico, OK let's add the shoulders!"); essays about her own performances; and ruminations on sex workers in Cuba and Mexican art in the age of free trade. Uniting this various collection is Fusco's provocative, sharp-tongued commentary on the relationship between art and the daily, bodily experiences of formerly colonized peoples. ( Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415251747
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

List of plates
Notes on contributors
Preface
Acknowledgments
Sect. 1 Borne in Captivity
The bodies that were not ours 8
Mexarcane International: ethnic talent for export 18
Better Yet When Dead 22
The man and the myth: Roger Guenveur Smith as Huey P. Newton, an interview 26
Captain Shit and other allegories of black stardom: the work of Chris Ofili 37
Wreaking havoc on the signified: the art of David Hammons 43
My kind of conversation: the artwork of Daniel J. Martinez 49
The unbearable weightiness of beings: art in Mexico after NAFTA 61
Votos (vows): a performance 78
Sect. 2 Fotonovelas
Paquita [gamma] Chata Se Arrebatan: a collaboration with Nao Bustamante 85
Pochonovela: pilot for a Chicano soap opera 89
Sect. 3 Suspended in Transit
Blacks in the metropolis: Isaac Julien on Frantz Fanon, an interview 99
Rights of Pasage: a performance for South Africa 105
Stuff co-written with Nao Bustamante 111
Bad grrl bravado: a conversation with Tracey Moffatt 128
Hustling for dollars: jineteras in Cuba 137
Bridge over troubled waters: and view from the bridge four years on 154
El Ultimo Deseo (the last wish): a performance for Cuba 163
El Evento Suspendido (the postponed event): a performance for Cuba 165
Mamas, sistahs and auntie men: Hilton Als and The Women, an interview 167
Sudaca Enterprises: a collaboration with Juan Pablo Ballester and Maria Elena Escalona 176
Modernity deferred: the work of Luis Molina-Pantin 180
At your service: Latin women in the global information network 186
The Incredible Disappearing Woman: a play in one act 202
Sect. 4 Other Perspectives
Witness for the prosecution: the writings for Coco Fusco 223
Agency and ambivalence: a reading of works by Coco Fusco 231
Index 247
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