Undiscovered Amerindians

Engravings | 2012

2012 marks the twentieth anniversary of Fusco’s seminal collaborative performance work with Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Couple in the Cage: Two Undiscovered Amerindians Visit the West and its presentation in the legendary 1993 Whitney Biennial.  Fusco revisits this important work through a series of new engravings.  Rendered in the style of Nineteenth-century caricatures, Fusco’s recollections of audience responses to the Amerindians  performance weaves a humorous yet unsettling narrative, exposing the  residue of colonial stereotypes in contemporary culture. While looking  back, the new works underscore the long-lasting effects of colonialism that remain prevalent in the contemporary art world, in spite of broad  cultural progress since the early-1990s platforms of institutional-critique and multiculturalism.