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The Bodies That Were Not Ours: And Other Writings

The Bodies That Were Not Ours: And Other Writings
Author: Coco Fusco
ISBN 13: 9780415251747
ISBN 10: 415251745
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2001-12-09
Format: Paperback
Pages: 284
List Price: $43.95

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.

Publishers Weekly

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.