English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas

Publication | 1995

Cultural critic Fusco undermines notions of a monolithic Latino identity by examining the role of race in a broad spectrum of art from North and South America and the Black Diaspora. She puts together an illuminating pastiche of autobiographical political essays and art criticism along with transcripts of performance pieces developed in collaboration with performance artist Guillermo Gomez-Peña. Points that seem obscure in the more theoretical pieces are made concrete in essays on specific artists' work and in satirical radio scripts. Essays explore the work of artists Andres Serrano, Pepon Osorio, Lorna Simpson, Graciela Iturbide, Lourdes Grobet, Yolanda Andrade, Juan Sanchez, Ana Mendieta, Catalina Parra and the film collectives Black Audio and Sankofa. Her account of appearing in a cage with Gomez-Peña in a performance piece titled Two Undiscovered Amerindians Visit the West also stands out is simultaneously chilling and riotously funny.