Performing Truths:
Coco Fusco in conversation with Noah Fischer

Fact Craft celebrates the closing of its workshop series with a conversation between artist/activist Coco Fusco and artist Noah Fischer. Fusco and Fischer will discuss the strategies used by activist groups Occupy Museums and GULF/Gulf Labor to consider the ways that art institutions are complicit in systems of power that exploit workers and privilege global economic elites. Their dialogue will address performances and protests created for the Whitney Biennial, Guggenheim, and MoMA.

A reception and open house will follow the conversation featuring projects and actions developed during Fact Craft workshops and programs. To learn about the programs and resources developed from this series, visit Fact Craft and our online resource journal.

Coco Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and writer and the Andrew Banks Endowed Professor of Art at the University of Florida. She is a recipient of a 2016 Greenfield Prize, a 2014 Cintas Fellowship, a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2013 Absolut Art Writing Award, a 2013 Fulbright Fellowship, a 2012 US Artists Fellowship and a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. Fusco’s performances and videos have been presented in the 56th Venice Biennale, Frieze Special Projects, two Whitney Biennials (2008 and 1993), BAM’s Next Wave Festival, The Liverpool Biennial, the Sydney Biennale, The Johannesburg Biennial, The Kwangju Biennale, The Shanghai Biennale, Mercosul, VideoBrasil and Performa05. Her works have also been shown at the The Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Art Center, KW Institute of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. She is represented by Alexander Gray Associates in New York.

Fusco 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). Her latest book Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba was issued by Tate Publications in 2015 and a Spanish translation was published by Turner Libros earlier this year.

Noah Fischer works at the crossroads between the economic and social inequity activism and art practice. His sculpture, drawing, performance, writing, and organizing fluctuate between object making and direct action as well as designing theatrical stages with Berlin-based andcompany&Co. Fischer is the initiating member of Occupy Museums and a member of G.U.L.F/ Gulf Labor; his collaborative work has been seen with and without invitation at MoMA, Guggenheim, Brooklyn Museum, ZKM, and Venice and Berlin Biennales among other venues. With Occupy Museums, Noah participated in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Noah teaches at Parsons and maintains a studio practice in Brooklyn New York.

Image: Drawing by Jose Joaquin Figueroa