Coco Fusco and Guillermo Gomez-Pena

In addition to James Luna’s Artifact Piece that we discussed in class, another groundbreaking early 1990s performance that interrogates ethnographic display of humans is Coco Fusco & Guillermo Gomez-Pena’s The Year of the White Bear.

“In March 1992, performance artist and MacArthur Fellow, Guillermo Gómez-Peña and writer/artist Coco Fusco locked themselves in a cage. Presenting themselves as aboriginal inhabitants of an island off the gulf of Mexico that was overlooked by Columbus, their spectacle provided a thorn in the side of postcolonial angst.” (Anna Johnson in Bomb).

Read all about it in this Bomb Magazine interview with the artists.


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