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2012 marks the twentieth anniversary of Fusco’s seminal collaborative performance work with Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Couple in the Cage: Two Undiscovered Amerindians Visit the West
and its presentation in the legendary 1993 Whitney Biennial
. Fusco revisits this important work through a series of new engravings. Rendered in the style of Nineteenth-century caricatures, Fusco’s recollections of audience responses to the Amerindians
performance weaves a humorous yet unsettling narrative, exposing the residue of colonial stereotypes in contemporary culture. While looking back, the new works underscore the long-lasting effects of colonialism that remain prevalent in the contemporary art world, in spite of broad cultural progress since the early-1990s platforms of institutional-critique and multiculturalism.
Alexander Gray Associates