Interdisciplinary artist Coco Fusco speaks about her recent work on the Plaza de la Revolución in Havana, contextualizing the plaza’s politically charged nature and its recent symbolic appropriation by activists and artists in relation to broader struggles over public space in Cuba. Her lecture is accompanied by a screening of her compelling new video, La Plaza Vacia.
Moderated by Sally Frater, independent curator and arts writer. Co-presented by Latin American-Canadian Art Projects (LACAP) and Third Space Art Projects.
About Coco Fusco
Coco Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and writer, as well as the Director of Intermedia Initiatives at Parsons The New School for Design in New York. She received a BA in Semiotics from Brown University, an MA in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University and a PhD in Art and Visual Culture from Middlesex University. Since 1988, she has performed, lectured, exhibited and curated around the world. Her works have been exhibited at the Tate Liverpool, the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and MACBA (Barcelona), among other institutions. Her performances and videos have been presented at InSite, the London International Theatre Festival, Performa, Transmediale and VideoBrasil, as well as in the biennial exhibitions of Johannesburg, Kwangju, Mercosul, Shanghai, Sydney and the Whitney (1993 and 2008). Fusco is the author of English Is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas, The Bodies that Were Not Ours and Other Writings and A Field Guide for Female Interrogators. She is also the editor of Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas and Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self. A recipient of a 2012 USA Artists Fellowship and a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, she is represented by Alexander Gray Associates in New York.
About Sally Frater
Sally Frater is an independent curator and arts writer. She holds an Honours BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph and an MA (with Distinction) in Contemporary Art from the University of Manchester and Sotheby's Institute of Art. In her curatorial practice, she is interested in exploring issues of identity, history, memory and environmental criticism, as well as issues of representation and equity in gallery and museum practices. She has curated exhibitions for the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto, the Art Gallery of Peterborough (Peterborough, ON) and the McMaster Museum of Art (Hamilton, ON), among others. Her writing has appeared in catalogues for the Studio Museum in Harlem (New York) and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria, BC) and in periodicals such as Artforum Online, Border Crossings, C Magazine, Fuse and Prefix Photo, among others. She has presented at conferences at Ryerson University (Toronto), Carleton University (Ottawa) and McGill University (Montréal). A member of IKT and ICI, she is currently a Core Critical Studies Fellow at the Glassell School at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and a resident at Project Row Houses (Houston).
About the Urban Field Speakers Series
Programmed by Janine Marchessault and Scott McLeod and presented by Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art in association with the Visible City Project and Archive of York University
The Urban Field Speakers Series centres on the role of art in transforming the experience of the city. Through lectures, audio-visual presentations and discussions, it explores how creative practices can help improve the quality of urban life and planning in Toronto and around the world. This series of monthly events brings together an array of international and local participants, including artists, architects, curators, designers and scholars, who are working at the intersections of technology, communications and aesthetics. Reflecting a broad range of perspectives and practices, the events build upon each other to inspire dialogue on the role of the city in art, and art in the city.