Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas

Publication | 1999

An exploration of performance art from the Americas for English language readers, Corpus Delecti is a unique collection of historical and critical studies of contemporary Latin performance. Drawing on live art from the 1960s to the present day, the essays explore the impact of Latin American politics, popular culture and syncretic religions on Latin performance.

Including contributions by artists as well as scholars, Fusco's collection bridges the theory/practice divide and discusses a wide variety of genres, including body art, carpa, vaudeville, staged political protest and hacktivism. The essays demonstrate how specific social and historical contexts have shaped Latin American performance. They also show how those factors have affected the choices artists make, and how their work draw upon and respond to their environment.