PHOTO: © Aurelio Fusco

Coco Fusco - Antigone Is Not Available Right Now

In the organizer's words:

Since the 1990s, Cuban-American artist Coco Fusco has participated as an authoritative voice in discourses on the representation of race, feminism, postcolonial theory, and institutional critique through her performance, video, archival, and textual work. As part of her first major retrospective at KW Institute of Contemporary Art, her new multimedia performance premieres at Sophiensælen.

Based on the most performed tragedy of ancient Greece by Sophocles, Fusco explores the conditions for change in times of political crisis: Antigone's rebellion against the authority of her uncle Creon has made her an allegorical figure for the struggles against fascism, communism, apartheid, military dictatorships and police violence. In Antigone Is Not Available Right Now, she has reconnected with the world of the living. Represented by her literary agent, played by Coco Fusco, Antigone, emblematic of people who want to resist tyranny, receives numerous requests from around the world. Fusco herself acts as a go-between, deciding when to connect these people to the infamous daughter of Oedipus, and helps Antigone assess the validity and quality of the requests.

The performance is part of the exhibition Coco Fusco - Tomorrow, I Will Become an Island (14.09.23 - 07.01.24) at KW Institute of Contemporary Art. The exhibition is sponsored by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes. Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

  • Written, directed and produced by: Coco Fusco

  • Videography: Ryan Wang, Luis Eligio Pérez

  • Sound: Rosana Caban, Osmel Hernandez

  • Editing: Jessie Stead

  • Animations: Melissa Brown, Brian Luna

  • Props: Sandra Cordero

  • Cuban masks: Julio Llypiz Casal

  • Make-up: Kate Cohen

  • Composition and Arrangement Blind Man's Rant: Jessie Stead

Media Partners: Arts of the Working Class, Berlin Art Link, Das Wetter, Missy Magazine, Siegessäule, taz.

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Sophiensaele Hochzeitssaal Sophienstraße 18 10178 Berlin

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Sophiensaele Sophienstraße 18 10178 Berlin

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