Everyone Who Lives Here is a New Yorker

Public Art

Everyone Who Lives Here is a New Yorker

Focused around Union Square, a cross-roads for many from diverse walks of life in the city, this project features video activations of the ubiquitous LinkNYC screens that will focus on the critical situation of recently arrived migrants in New York City.
Coco Fusco

October 4-31, 2024


Video activations will take place on LinkNYC kiosks around Union Square.

Coco Fusco portrait, photographer: Geandy Pavón
  • Project description
  • About the artist

In 2024, as part of More Art’s 20th Anniversary Year, Cuban-American artist and writer Coco Fusco will produce a video activation of the ubiquitous LinkNYC screens that will focus on the critical situation of recently arrived migrants in New York City. Broadly known for her interdisciplinary art practice that over the last several decades has been concerned with the themes of colonialism, power, race, gender, and history, Fusco will address the ways that immigration to New York – which has been constant since the city’s founding – is currently being recast as an emergency and a crisis to serve conservative political purposes.

New York City was built by immigrants and its vibrant culture is composed of contributions from the many cultures that coexist and mingle here. Forty percent of the city’s population is foreign-born. Immigrants bolster the city’s workforce, making crucial contributions to the city’s economy, gastronomy, linguistic diversity, and street life. New York now stands at the juncture of a new political paradigm in which the arrival of tens of thousands of migrants from the Global South is being used to challenge basic legal rights and protections. Our city’s guarantee of universal housing and universal education is under threat by those that seek to demonize and problematize the presence of immigrants, overlooking the reality that New York regularly receives tens of thousands of immigrants annually and succeeds in integrating them. The effort to undermine NYC’s progressive values threatens all New Yorkers. Fusco’s work will interrupt the daily rhythms of the city by imposing a striking visual campaign that draws attention to the misperceptions about immigrants to generate a conversation about our values and aims, as citizens of one of the most diverse cities in the United States.

Focused around Union Square, a cross-roads for many from diverse walks of life in the city, the project will launch with a day-long festival in the park which will feature Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping, the EA Commissioned artists Xenoduo, and La Morada, a mutual aid project and restaurant in the Bronx that works to support Dreamers and refugees.

Coco Fusco

Coco Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and writer based in New York. She is a recipient of a 2021 American Academy of Arts and Letters Art Award, a 2021 Latinx Artist Fellowship, a 2021 Anonymous Was a Woman award, a 2018 Rabkin Prize for Art Criticism, a 2016 Greenfield Prize, a 2014 Cintas Fellowship, a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2013 Absolut Art Writing Award, a 2013 Fulbright Fellowship, a 2012 US Artists Fellowship and a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts.

Fusco's performances and videos have been presented in the 56th Venice Biennale, Frieze Special Projects, Basel Unlimited, three Whitney Biennials (2022, 2008 and 1993), and several other international exhibitions. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Art Center, the Centre Pompidou and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona. She is represented by Alexander Gray Associates in New York.

Fusco is the author of Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba (2015). She is also the author of English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas (1995) The Bodies that Were Not Ours and Other Writings (2001), and A Field Guide for Female Interrogators (2008). She is the editor of Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas (1999) and Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self (2003). She contributes regularly to The New York Review of Books and numerous art publications.

Fusco received her B.A. in Semiotics from Brown University (1982), her M.A. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University (1985) and her Ph.D. in Art and Visual Culture from Middlesex University (2007).

Fusco is a Professor at the Cooper Union School of Art.