Coco Fusco: Tomorrow, I Will Become an Island

KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
14 Sep 2023 - 07 Jan 2024

Coco Fusco. Your Eyes Will Be an Empty Word, 2021. Video-Still. Courtesy the artist.

Coco Fusco. Your Eyes Will Be an Empty Word, 2021. Video-Still. Courtesy the artist.

Coco Fusco – Tomorrow, I Will Become an Island is the first major retrospective of Cuban-American artist Coco Fusco (b. 1960, US). For more than three decades, she has been a key voice in discourses on racial representation, feminism, postcolonial theory, and institutional critique.

The exhibition seeks to trace the profound influence that Fusco’s work has had on the contemporary art discourse in Germany and the world. To do so, it features a broad selection of the artist’s videos, photography, texts, installations, and live performances from the 1990s to the present day.

With her work, Fusco questions institutional infrastructures that condition the presentation, circulation, and value production of art as well as the visual culture at large. She further examines the ongoing effects of colonial power and imperial forces, which makes a large survey of her work highly relevant in light of timely political and cultural debates in Germany. KW Institute for Contemporary Art honors the complexity and multidisciplinarity of Fusco’s writing, activism, and performative work with a varied public program. In addition to a series of talks organized together with ICI Berlin, KW commissioned Fusco to create a new multimedia-performance, which will be staged in collaboration with Sophiensaele early December 2023.

Parallel to the exhibition at KW, an extensive, eponymous monograph of Fusco’s work will be published by Thames & Hudson with contributions by Julia Bryan-Wilson, Anna Gritz, Jill Lane, Antonio José Ponte, and the artist herself.

Co-Curators: Anna Gritz and Léon Kruijswijk
Curatorial Assistant: Linda Franken




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