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Since the 1990s, Cuban-American artist Coco Fusco has been a key voice in discourses on racial representation, postcolonial theory, feminism, and institutional critique. Her practice encompasses performative, video, archival and textual work. As part of her first major retrospective at KW Institute of Contemporary Art, her new stage work will premiere at Sophiensæle.

Departing from the most widely staged tragedy of Ancient Greece by Sophocles, Fusco explores the conditions for change in times of political crisis: Antigone's defiance of her uncle Creon’s authority 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 re-established contact with the world of the living. Represented by her literary agent, played by Coco Fusco, Antigone receives multiple requests to use her likeness by people from around the world who want to stand up to tyranny. Fusco acts as a go-between, deciding when to connect these characters with Oedipus’ infamous daughter and helping Antigone to 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 funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation). The Kulturstiftung des Bundes is funded by the Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media).

Additional information
Antigone Is Not Available Right Now is commissioned by KW Institute for Contemporary Art and presented in collaboration with Sophiensæle. Media partners: Arts of the Working Class, Berlin Art Link, Das Wetter, Missy Magazine, Siegessäule, taz.


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