Couple in the Cage: Guatinaui Odyssey
Directors: Paula Heredia and Coco Fusco
Performance artists Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Coco Fusco travel and appear before the public in four different countries as two "Guatinaui Indians," members of a fictional "newly discovered" tribe who had agreed to be displayed at malls and museums around the world, after the manner of human exhibition in the 19th and early 20th centuries. These performances are intercut with archival footage of humans displayed in cages as freaks and curiosities. Conceived as a "satirical comment on the past," the performances evoke various responses, including huge numbers of people who are convinced the characters are real and do not find the idea of "natives" locked in a cage objectionable.
Paula Heredia is an award-winning director and editor based in New York City. Noteworthy documentary works: In Memoriam, NYC 9/11/01; Unzipped; Addiction; Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq; Africa Rising; and The Couple in the Cage, among others. Paula heads the international committee of New York Women in Film and Television, serves on the board of advisors of Robert De Niro Tribeca Film Institute All Access, and on the board of directors of Clementina, Inc.
Coco Fusco is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist, writer and Chair of the Fine Art Department at Parsons/The New School for Design. She has performed, lectured, exhibited, and curated around the world since 1988. She is a recipient of a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts.