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MC GALLERY
  6086 Comey Ave. 
  Los Angeles CA 90034 
  323 939 9777
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  Coco Fusco
  Operation Atropos*
     *the fate who cuts the thread of life
  
  March 18 ? May 13, 2006
  Opening Reception: Saturday, March 18, 6-8pm
  
  
  MC is pleased to present Operation Atropos, a new video work by Coco
Fusco and her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. Known for her
decisive contribution to performance art and her investigation of
intercultural perception and gendered experiences of the global economy,
Fusco has performed, exhibited, curated and lectured throughout the
world, and is the author of English is Broken Here and The Bodies That
Were Not Ours and Other Writings. 
  
  In Operation Atropos, Fusco explores a particular shift in the role of
women in the era of global warfare. The 59-minute video follow the artist
and six women enrolled in a training workshop led by Team Delta, a group
of retired US military interrogators, and designed for people in the
private sector who want to learn from them various techniques for
extracting information. In a one-day immersion in a simulated reality the
women are introduced to interrogation from the point of view of the
prisoner: the group is ambushed, captured and subjected to harsh
treatment from ex-military personnel playing guards and hostile
interrogators. The video shows how interrogators combine theatrical
tricks with physical and mental stress to extract information from their
prisoner. The digital photos document Fusco?s street performance in Sao
Paolo in the fall of 2005. Inspired by her own experiences as a prisoner
with Team Delta, she assumed the role of a military policewoman and
staged a scene in
 front of the US consulate together with 50 drama students acting as her
prisoners.
  
  In conjunction with the exhibition, MC will publish a limited edition
illustrated book by Fusco, a field guide for female interrogators that
draws on materials from actual instruction manuals issued by the CIA and
the US military.
  
  Coco Fusco lives and works in New York. Exhibitions include Day Labor,
PS 1, New York (2005), Collection Remixed: Learning To Read, Bronx
Museum, New York (2005), the 5th Shanghai Biennale (2004), the ICP
Triennial, New York (2003) , Memling Museum, Brugge, Belgium, ARCO
Project Room, Madrid, Spain, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain, MACBA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain (2002), Museum Boijmans,
Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Artists' Space, New York (2001), Kwangju
Biennial (2000), The artist's performances have been included in Performa
05, PICA's TBA Festival Portland, ICA Institute of Contemporary Art,
London, The In Transit Festival at the House of World Cultures, Berlin
(2003), Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (2002), The
Johannesberg Biennale (1997), The Whitney Biennale (1993), and The Sydney
Biennale (1992) .
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