English Is Broken Here

Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas

“[Fusco’s] brilliant collection of essays, interviews, and performance pieces . . . offers multilayered artistic and cultural commentary along with refreshingly clear-eyed political acuity.” —San Francisco Bay Guardian

When Coco Fusco and collaborator Guillermo Gomez–Pena toured the country in a cage as “authentic natives,” their provocative performance piece enraged some and enthralled others. Known for using performance to explore the boundaries of ethnicity in art, Coco Fusco has now brought her talents to bear in a volume of cultural criticism and theory, English Is Broken Here. Infused with a unique cultural sensibility, English Is Broken Here examines cross-cultural art issues in America at a crucial moment. Coco Fusco adds an original and eloquent voice to a growing debate over cultural identity and visual politics.


“An important document marking the raging debate of multiculturalism in these times.”
LA Weekly
“Essential reading. ”
The Nation
“Simultaneously chilling and riotously funny.”
Publishers Weekly

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