English Is Broken Here by Coco Fusco
Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas

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When Coco Fusco and collaborator Guillermo Gomez-Pena toured the country in a cage as "authentic natives," their provocative performance piece enraged some and enthralled others. Known for using performance to explore the boundaries of ethnicity in art, Coco Fusco has now brought her talents to bear in a volume of cultural criticism and theory, English is Broken Here. Infused with a unique cultural sensibility, English is Broken Here examines cross-cultural art issues in America at a crucial moment. Coco Fusco adds an original and eloquent voice to a growing debate over cultural identity and visual politics.

 

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Coco Fusco is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist and writer. She has performed, lectured, exhibited and curated around the world since 1988. She is a recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2013 Fulbright Fellowship, a 2012 US Artists Fellowship and a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts.
 
Published May 1, 1995 by New Press, The. 232 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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A final section includes two interesting dialogues with G¢mez-Pe§a, who calls Tijuana ``one of the biggest installation art pieces in Mexico'' and warns against ``facile pan-Latin Americanism.'' Two radio scripts close this aptly titled book.

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In the series of essays that make up English Is Broken Here, Coco Fusco concentrates on examining the work of Latino/a performance artists born in the U.S., and the themes of “otherness” and culture clash.

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