Tania Bruguera

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. In December 2014, Bruguera was arrested for attempting to restage Tatlin's Whisper #6 in Havana’s Revolutionary Square, attesting to the work’s enduring power and the significance of Bruguera’s call for freedom of expression.

Photo: Tom Martin/Wales News Service © Wales News Service

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