Coco Fusco, recipient of the Absolut Art Award for Art Writing, presents her book Dangerous Moves: Politics and Performance in Cuba, at Tate Modern, London.
Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium
Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 6:30–8:00 PM
Book signing 8:00–8:30 PM
Exploring performance and politics in post-revolutionary Cuba, Dangerous Moves: Politics and Performance in Cuba marks a major new piece of scholarship from Coco Fusco, an artist, writer and thinker of global influence.
Fusco was awarded the Absolut Art Award for Art Writing in 2013. Dangerous Moves - a fascinating survey of contemporary Cuban life and culture through some of the country’s most daring and experimental artists - is the result.
Coco Fusco analyses the ways in which the regime has wielded influence over artists in recent times, showing how – in a context in which overt political speech is subject to censorship – the language of performance has emerged as the favoured 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 contemporary thought and art writing. Coco Fusco is joined by art consultant and curator Gabriela Salgado for an evening of readings, conversation and reflection, providing a rare opportunity to hear two of the art sectors most respected and knowledgeable speakers on one of the most dynamic and complex areas of art production in the world. Power, politics and contemporary art collide.