Real Consequences: A Conversation with Tania Bruguera
by Jan Garden Castro
In October 2016, at the Creative Time Summit in Washington, DC, Tania
Bruguera, whose projects merge social reality, culture, and politics,
announced her candidacy for president of Cuba in the 2018 election. She
encourages others to follow her example—to speak up and empower
themselves—because the clock is ticking on free speech around the world,
as freedom of expression battles the politics of repression and control.
Bruguera, who was born in 1968 in Havana, grew up as the daughter
of a diplomat. As a young adult in Castro’s Cuba, she began teaching
and producing art, including tributes to Ana Mendieta, before earning
her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. Some
art performances in her native country have been shut down or have
landed her in jail. As an “artivist” who founded Immigrant Movement
International in 2005, Bruguera spent 2015 working with undocumented
immigrants in Queens as New York’s first artist-in-residence for
the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; the project is ongoing.
...see the entire article in the print version of May's Sculpture magazine.