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May 2017
Vol. 36 No. 4

A publication of the
International Sculpture Center
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Real Consequences: A Conversation with Tania Bruguera
by Jan Garden Castro
Displacement 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.

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Tania Bruguera, Displacement, Behavior art with Nkisi Nkonde icon, Cuban earth, glue, wood, nails, and textile, dimensions variable.

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