Coco Fusco Tomorrow, I Will Become an Island

Olga Viso, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Coco Fusco, Anna Gritz, Jill Lane, Antonio José Ponte

The first monograph on the influential contemporary Cuban-American interdisciplinary artist and writer Coco Fusco.

New York Times Best Art Book of 2023

Tomorrow, I Will Become an Island is the first in-depth study of the performances, videos, and social practice of the influential Cuban–American artist Coco Fusco. The book will accompany an international touring retrospective of the artist’s work starting in 2023. Featuring contributions by renowned scholars of art history, performance art, and Cuban cultural politics, this monograph offers a comprehensive review of Fusco’s interdisciplinary art practice and her transnational perspective on race, gender, and power.

Fusco has been a leader in conversations around the intersection of identity, feminism, culture, and politics in the Americas and beyond. Emerging during the 1980s as a pioneering advocate of multiculturalism in the arts, Fusco utilizes performance, video, archival research, and writing to reflect upon the ways that intercultural relations and colonial histories shape the construction of the self and perceptions of cultural difference. Her work critically examines society from a postcolonial perspective, engaging with debates about cultural politics throughout the Americas, Europe, and elsewhere. This expansive approach is highlighted through a broad range of works that address themes including postrevolutionary Cuba, racial stereotypes, feminist politics, ethnographic displays, military interrogation, and sex tourism.

Reviews

Exploring how culture, politics and colonial histories shape identity, the performances and videos of the influential Cuban American artist are on display in this first monograph.

— The New York Times Book Review

One of the Best Art Books of 2023. For more than 30 years, Fusco has been a just-below-the-surface art presence, both here and in Cuba, best known for her rigorous, interruptive performances addressing the hard realities of cultural difference and the complacency with which the art world smooths and markets them… This visually captivating book documents the politics and the poetry, both sharp, of an important career very much in progress.

— Holland Cotter The New York Times

Contributors

Olga Viso

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Olga Viso is an art historian and curator of contemporary visual art. She was executive director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis from 2007 to 2017.

Julia Bryan-Wilson

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Julia Bryan-Wilson is the Doris and Clarence Malo Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of California, Berkeley.

Coco Fusco

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Coco Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and writer based in New York.

Anna Gritz

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Anna Gritz is director of Haus am Waldsee, Berlin.

Jill Lane

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Jill Lane is associate professor in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University and director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Antonio José Ponte

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Antonio José Ponte is a Madrid-based Cuban author, poet, and essayist.