For more than 30 years interdisciplinary artist Coco Fusco has explored notions of race, identity, and power through video and performance. In recent years Fusco has examined a number of legendary stories that lack pictorial representation due to institutional censorship or an absence of governmental documentation. She presents two intimate artist portraits centered on concepts of the body, state control, and expurgation, investigating their effects on artistic production and political discourse in Cuba. Both created in 2015, La confesión explores the public confession of poet and accused counterrevolutionary Heberto Padilla, while La botella al mar de Maria Elena focuses on the state intimidation of political reformer Maria Elena Cruz Varela. These portraits examine the relationship of art and artists to our contemporary political moment while charting a legacy of regime power and control of information.
Chicago: Nov. 30 at the Siskel Film Center.