Title: Undiscovered Amerindians
Artist: Guillermo Gómez-Peña
Image Location: http://goo.gl/nZCPh
Video: The Couple in the Cage    http://goo.gl/or36v
Links:  http://goo.gl/xoogv    
           http://goo.gl/TSsST
           http://goo.gl/kL92y
           http://www.english.emory.edu/Bahri/UndiscAmerind.html 
The artist Guillermo Gomez-Peña was born in Mexico and moved to the US in 1978. He was involved in many different types of arts, such as performance art, videos, audio, installations etc.  His art focuses on the exotic and folkloric stereotypes of Mexico still popular in the United States, and on the other, the cultural nationalism often associated with politically charged Chicano art. In this photo, Gómez-Peña was performing his famous art piece Undiscovered Amerindians, with Coco Fusco, another visual and performance artist. Two artists outfitted and presented themselves as the previously unknown specimens representative of the Guatinaui people, who are from an island in the Caribbean, in a 10*12 foot cage. The outrageous makeup, accessories, outfits, and the awkward actions that they brought up totally convinced the audience. Some of them even came up to the cage and try to communicate and take a photograph with the ‘cage people’. During the feeding time, the museum guards passed bananas to the artists and the couple had to be leashed in order to go out of the cage and use the bathroom.  This significant persona piece reflects the stereotype that individuals have from the colonizers, who ‘supposed’ to be savage and dressed in ancient outfits.  

Title: Undiscovered Amerindians

Artist: Guillermo Gómez-Peña

Image Location: http://goo.gl/nZCPh

Video: The Couple in the Cage    http://goo.gl/or36v

Links:  http://goo.gl/xoogv    

           http://goo.gl/TSsST

           http://goo.gl/kL92y

           http://www.english.emory.edu/Bahri/UndiscAmerind.html

The artist Guillermo Gomez-Peña was born in Mexico and moved to the US in 1978. He was involved in many different types of arts, such as performance art, videos, audio, installations etc.  His art focuses on the exotic and folkloric stereotypes of Mexico still popular in the United States, and on the other, the cultural nationalism often associated with politically charged Chicano art. In this photo, Gómez-Peña was performing his famous art piece Undiscovered Amerindians, with Coco Fusco, another visual and performance artist. Two artists outfitted and presented themselves as the previously unknown specimens representative of the Guatinaui people, who are from an island in the Caribbean, in a 10*12 foot cage. The outrageous makeup, accessories, outfits, and the awkward actions that they brought up totally convinced the audience. Some of them even came up to the cage and try to communicate and take a photograph with the ‘cage people’. During the feeding time, the museum guards passed bananas to the artists and the couple had to be leashed in order to go out of the cage and use the bathroom.  This significant persona piece reflects the stereotype that individuals have from the colonizers, who ‘supposed’ to be savage and dressed in ancient outfits.  

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    Here’s the PDF of Fusco’s “The Other History of Intercultural Performance,” which talks about this piece, among other...
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