Virtual Women Filmmakers Festival: Lessons from Activist Histories with Coco Fusco

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 5:30pm EST
Join award-winning artist and writer Coco Fusco for a virtual conversation about her work that examines the complex relationships between art, politics, and identity since the 1990s. Watch a screening of Fusco’s 2004 a/k/a Mrs. George Gilbert, which explores the role of photography in the FBI’s hunt for and trial of Black Power activist Angela Davis.

Fusco is joined in conversation by Rhea Combs, curator of film and photography at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Saisha Grayson, time-based media curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Learn more about how government surveillance impacts activists in the era of camera phones and facial recognition technologies.

Fusco’s film La botella al mar de María Elena (2015) is also available for viewing on the Women Filmmakers Virtual Festival webpage from Monday, March 8, to Sunday, March 14. Questions and comments submitted by viewers about the film will be discussed during this virtual program.

This program is made possible by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story, and is co-presented with the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Image Credit: Coco Fusco, a/k/a Mrs. George Gilbert, 2004.  Courtesy of Video Data Bank,, School of the Art Institute of Chicago © Coco Fusco   
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