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  • ICAA Record ID
    799233
    TITLE
    Aborigines of the western world / Coco Fusco, Gillermo Gómez-Peña
    IN
    Remerica! Amerika: 1492-1992.--  Nueva York, NY: Hunter College of the City, University of New York, 1992.


     
    DESCRIPTION
    ill.
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Manifestoes
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Fusco, Coco, and Guillermo Gómez- Peña. “Aborigines of the Western World.” In Remerica! Amerika: 1492-1992.  Exh. cat., New York, NY: Hunter College of the City, University of New York, 1992.
     
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    ADDITIONAL AUTHORS
Synopsis

In this essay published in the exhibition catalog, Remerica! Amerika, artists Coco Fusco and Guillermo Gomez-Peña contend that the origins of dada events and performance art date back to the 1500s when native peoples from Africa and the Americas were put on display in Europe. To support their argument, Fusco and Gomez-Peña provide a timeline of ethnographic displays of indigenous peoples in Europe and the United States. They conclude that while celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the “discovery” of the Americas focus on the bravery of European explorers, the stories of the indigenous people who survived capture have gone untold even though such ethnographic exhibitions had historic importance in constructing narratives about native peoples in the spheres of science, art, and popular culture.

Annotations

Reproduced in the exhibition catalog Remerica! Amerika, the text “Aborigines in the Western World” was originally written as an artist-statement distributed to audience members who attended Two Undiscovered Amerindians Visit… (1992), a performance by Coco Fusco (b. 1960) and Guillermo Gomez-Peña (b. 1955). In it the artists exhibited themselves in a cage in major cities around the world. Fusco wrote an extensive essay on ethnographic display and Two Undiscovered Amerindians Visit… (1992) under the title “The Other History of Intercultural Performance.”

The catalogue and exhibition, Remerica! Amerika, was part of a national effort by artists in the United States and Puerto Rico to respond critically to the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World. Remerica! Amerika, held from September 8 to October 30, 1992, was curated by the artist/activist Juan Sanchez, painter, printmaker, and professor of fine arts at Hunter College, New York, NY. At the time of the exhibition and publication of its catalog, Miguelangel Ruiz was an MFA student at Hunter College.

 

Researcher
Yasmin Ramirez
Credit
Courtesy of Juan Sánchez, Guariken, Inc., Brooklyn, NY
Courtesy of Guillermo Gomez-Peña, San Francisco, CA