Undisovered Amerindians

Undisovered Amerindians
In order to address the widespread practice of human displays, Fusco and Gomez-Peña enclosed their own bodies in a ten-by -twelve-foot cage and presented themselves as two previously unknown "specimens representative of the Guatinaui people" in the performance piece "Undiscovered Amerindians." Inside the cage Fusco and Peña outfitted themselves in outrageous costumes and preoccupied themselves with performing equally outlandish "native" tasks. Gomez-Peña was dressed in an Aztec style breastplate, complete with a leopard skin face wrestler's mask. Fusco, in some of her performances, donned a grass skirt, leopard skin bra, baseball cap, and sneakers. She also braided her hair, a readily identifiable sign of "native authenticity."

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Wieslaw Borowski is an art critic and the author of a book on Tadeusz Kantor. He was the director of the Foksal Gallery from 1966 - 2006. The Foksal Gallery PSP is a noncommercial art gallery established in Warsaw in 1966 by a group of critics and artists, including one of the founding members of the Polish constructivist group of the the 1920s, with strong ties to constructivism. Except for the period of martial law, during which it was "closed for renovation," the gallery has continued its activities until the present day. Click on images to enlarge.

The following texts were published and distributed by the Foksal Gallery both in Poland and abroad. "Documentation" was published in conjunction with the "Sea Borne Happening" in which documents of the Foksal Gallery were placed in a trunk and dropped into the sea. The text of "The Living Archives" appeared as part of a gallery installation of the same title in which art documents - artists' statments, interviews, manifestos, and reports - were presented as film and slide projections, as tape recordings, and as over-enlarged images mounted on the gallery's walls.
October, Vol 38, published by The MIT Press.

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