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Coco Fusco: Recent Videos

April 13 at 2:30
East Building Auditorium

Internationally acclaimed Cuban American artist Coco Fusco uses time-based media such as performance and video to question cultural assumptions and foreground unspoken biases around gender, race, class, and authority. Three of her recent video portraits focus on Cuban artists whose earlier calls for political reform on the island are still relevant today. La botella al mar de María Elena (The Message in a Bottle from María Elena) focuses on the case of Cuban poet María Elena Cruz Varela, whose 1991 treatise The Declaration of the Cuban Intellectuals was met with overwhelming force and censorship by the government. The Art of Intervention: The Performances of JuanSí González explores the groundbreaking street performances of Cuban artist JuanSí González from the 1980s via early documentation and discussion with the artist about relational aesthetics, freedom, and liberty. Finally, Vivir en junio con la lengua afuera (To Live in June with Your Tongue Hanging Out) is an homage to Cuban dissident poet Reinaldo Arenas (1943 – 1990) told through a recent recitation and discussion of his poem “El Central: Introduction to the Symbol of Faith,” written in 1970. (Total running time 102 minutes)

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