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Tania Bruguera
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Tania Bruguera

Tania Bruguera (1968, Cuba) researches ways in which art can be applied to the everyday political life; focusing on the transformation of social affect into political effectiveness. Her long-term projects have been intensive interventions on the institutional structure of collective memory, education and politics.

She was awarded an Honoris Causa by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and selected as one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, shortlisted for the #Index100 Freedom of Expression Award, a Herb Alpert Award winner, a Hugo Boss Prize finalist, a Yale World Fellow and the first artist-in-residence in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA). In 2013 she was part of the team creating the first document on artistic freedom and cultural rights with the United Nation’s Human Rights Council.

Tania’s work has explored both the promise and failings of the Cuban Revolution in performances that provoke viewers to consider the political realities masked by government propaganda and mass-media interpretation. In 2014, she was detained and had her passport confiscated by the Cuban government for attempting to stage a performance about free speech in Havana’s Revolution Square. She had planned to set up a microphone and invite people to express their visions for Cuba. In May 2015, she opened the Institute of Artivism Hannah Arendt, in Havana.

Her work was exhibited at Documenta 11, Venice Biennale, Tate Modern (London), Guggenheim Museum (New York City) and Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), among others. She lives and works in New York and Havana.