Corpus Delecti is an unprecedented event in the history of Latino performance art. Assembled and edited by one of the foremost practitioners and theorists in the field, it charts the extraordinary range of practices, narratives and theories which make up this unique area of contemporary performance.
Using photos, scripts, essays and poetry, Corpus Delecti explores the impact on performance of Latin American politics, popular culture, and syncretic religions. Nowhere else has such a vibrant and rich collection of writings and documents been fused into a comprehensive archive-volume.
Fusco has brought together artists and scholars to bridge the theory/practice divide and to discuss a wide range of genres. They include:
*staged political protest
*tropicalist musical comedies
*the Chicano art movement
*queer Latino performance
Corpus Delecti probes for the first time the specific contexts which have shaped Latino American performance. It is at once a significant intervention into the history and analysis of contemporary art and an ensemble piece of textual and visual work to treasure.
Contributors: Tania Bruguera, Maris Bustamante, Nao Bustamante, C. Ondine Chavoya, Rosalyn Constantino, Raquel Mendieta Costa, Angel Delgado, Ricardo Dominguez, Felipe Ehrenberg, Maria Elena Escalona, Coco Fusco, Maria Elena Gaitan, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Maria Teresa Hincapie, May Joseph, Cesar Martinez, Aldo Menendez, Charles Merewether, Marta Minujin, Jose Muñoz, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, Simone Osthoff, Silvia Pellarolo, Antonio Prieto-Stambaugh, Maria Elena Ramos, Nelly Richard, Lotty Rosenfeld, Leandro Soto, Merian Soto, Felix Gonzalez Torres, Carmelita Tropicana, Evelyn Velez-Aguayo.
Artists and critics explore Latin American performance art through monochrome photographs, scripts, essays, and poetry. The genres they encompass include body art, , vaudeville, staged political protest, tropicalist musical comedies, the Chicano Art Movement, and queer Latino performance. As well as describing works and artists, they explore the specific contexts that have shaped the various genres and Latin American art as a whole. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)