Cuban Artist Tania Bruguera | Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative
b. 1968, Havana | lives and works in New York
Tania Bruguera choreographs performances that question the possibility of political representation while attempting to collapse the distance between art and life and erode institutionalized injustice. In a performance at the 2009 Havana Biennial, the artist provided a temporary platform for the free speech normally denied in Cuba. Visitors were invited to address the public uncensored for one minute, after which time they were escorted away by two actors in military uniforms. Part of a series of works that seek to activate viewers’ participation by recontextualizing powerful images from significant events, Tatlin’s Whisper #6 (Havana Version) confronts the apathy that has followed in the wake of several failed social revolutions.
Tania Bruguera on her art, her detentions, and what happens next LA TIMES, January 10, 2015 Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera has never been one to shy away from controversy. But her attempt to stage a performance related to free speech in Havana's Revolution Square last week led to her being detained by the authorities on multiple occasions. It also led to the detention of various other cultural figures and activists. More
Tania Bruguera: "The Francis Effect" | ART21 "Exclusive" ART21, November 28, 2014 This episode from the ART21 series "Exclusive" features artist Tania Bruguera collecting signatures as part of her socially engaged performance project The Francis Effect (2014). For fifteen weeks, Bruguera stood outside the Guggenheim Museum in New York asking passersby to sign postcards addressed to Pope Francis that request Vatican City citizenship for undocumented immigrants. "A lot of people know it's impossible," says Bruguera. Yet she believes "the impossible is only impossible until somebody makes it possible." In her engagement of our political imaginations, Bruguera demonstrates the power of art to change perceptions and mobilize political action. More
Artist Tania Bruguera Gathers Postcards for the Pope BLOUIN ARTINFO, October 21, 2014 Havana-born, New York-based artist Tania Bruguera has often addressed subjects surrounding immigration in her work, but a new project confronts the issue of undocumented immigrants by appealing directly to the pope. More