The Couple in the Cage

Artists Coco Fusco and Guillermo Gomez-Pena created a fake group of people called "Amerindians". This traveling performance (1993) exhibited the Fusco and Gomez-Pena wearing garments that appeared as though they could be traditional "tribal" wear in addition to mass manufactured "american" clothing. Surprisingly, viewers did not see the piece as a satire, but an actual group of people they had never heard of being displayed as if in a circus. The shift in understanding of the piece magnifies issues in cultural understanding and morality.

My Integrative Project is the first time I've ever done performance art. I'm currently exploring what the next step of my performance is. Is the presentation style the best way to get my idea across? How can I show my piece in the March gallery? Seeing the way "The Couple in the Cage" showcased their performance helps me get out of my rut and opens a world of doors that push what performance art can be.