Performance and Politics in Cuba
- Publication Date: November 17, 2015
- Imprint: Tate Publishing
- Trim Size: 7 1⁄2 x 9 5⁄8
- ISBN: 9781849763264
- Page Count: 192
- Illustrations: 150 color illustrations
- Rights: North America, Latin America, Caribbean
Examining performance and politics in post-revolutionary Cuba, Dangerous Moves challenges the understanding of performance art and political engagement through a sustained analysis of the contemporary experience in Cuba. Coco Fusco analyzes the ways that the Cuban state has wielded influence over artists in recent times, arguing that in a context in which overt political speech is subject to censorship, the language of performance emerges as the favored means of social commentary.
Focusing on a range of performative practices in visual art, music, poetry, and political activism, Fusco examines the relationship between the abject body in performance and the greater body politic of a state officially defined as revolutionary yet seeking to limit and constrain dissent. Dangerous Moves is a key addition to the canon of writing on contemporary performance art.
About the author
Coco Fusco is distinguished chair in the visual arts at Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, São Paulo. She is a writer and artist who has performed, lectured, exhibited, and curated around the world since 1988, and is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2013 Fulbright Fellowship. She lives in New York.