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Coco Fusco, Performance artist

Ms. Fusco received a B.A. in Semiotics from Brown University in 1982, an M.A. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford U. in 1985, and a Ph.D. in Art and Visual Culture from Middlesex University in 2007. She has performed, lectured, exhibited and curated internationally since 1988. She is a recipient of a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, and has also received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the NEA, NYSCA and NYFA. Ms. Fusco’s performances and videos have been included two Whitney Biennials (2008 and 1993), the Sydney Biennale, The Johannesburg Biennial, The Kwangju Biennale, The Shanghai Biennale, InSite O5, Transmediale, The London International Theatre Festival, VideoBrasil and Performa05. She is the author of English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas (1995) and The Bodies that Were Not Ours and Other Writings (2001), and A Field Guide for Female Interrogators (2008). She is also the editor of Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas (1999) and Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self (2003). Ms. Fusco’s work combines electronic media and performance in a variety of formats, from staged multi-media performances incorporating large scale projections and closed circuit television to live performances streamed to the internet that invite audiences to chart the course of action through chat interaction. Her most recent work deals with the role of female interrogators in the War on Terror. Ms. Fusco was appointed Critic in painting/printmaking at Yale in 2009.

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