Tania Bruguera in Conversation With Claire Bishop: Press Kit

A controversial figure working in installation and performance, Cuban artist Tania Bruguera (born 1968) has consistently blurred the lines between art and activism. Defining herself as an initiator rather than an author, she often invites spectator participation and works in a collaborative mode, working with various organizations, institutions and individuals to challenge political and economic power structures and the control they hold over society. She researches and executes the ways in which art can be applied to everyday life, and how its effects can translate into political action. From offering Cubans one minute of uncensored time in Havana's Plaza de la Revolución (#YoTambienExijo, 2014) to operating a flexible community center in Corona, Queens (Immigrant Movement International, 2011), Bruguera strives to make Arte Útil (Useful Art), an art that imagines and provides tools to bring about social change.

This volume is the eleventh title in the Fundación Cisneros' Conversaciones/Conversations series, and features an in-depth conversation between the artist and the renowned art historian Claire Bishop. In this interview, Bruguera tells her own story, recounting the development of her early work in 1980s Cuba, motivated by her political activism, and her shift from intimate performances to the orchestration of the large-scale interactive situations and events that characterize her work today.

The bilingual Conversaciones/Conversations series, launched by the Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in 2010, is dedicated to preserving firsthand accounts from leading Latin American artists and intellectuals.

For more information, including a free download code for a press copy of the entire book, please email: info@coleccioncisneros.org

Book Launch with Exhibition Opening at MALBA 
Monday, November 23, 2020 4:00 PM EST
For more information, please visit the news page for the event.

Book launch and conversation: Blurring the Lines Between Art and Activism
Thursday, October 15, 2020 7:30 PM EDT
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Press Release
Press Release in English
Press Release in Spanish 

Excerpt of the book

Screenshots of the book
Selection of screenshots from the book (Left-click on thumbnail to download the hi-res image or send an email to receive a download link):

Front cover

Tania Bruguera, Havana, 2015. Courtesy of Claudio Fuentes

Tania Bruguera, Tatlin's Whisper #6 (Havana Version), Biennial of Havana, 2009. Courtesy Estudio Bruguera

Donde tus ideas se convierten en acciones cívicas (100 horas lectura Los orígenes del totalitarismo)[Where your ideas become civic actions (100 hours reading The Origins of Totalitarianism)], Artist's home in Havana, 2015. Courtesy Pablo León de la Barra

#YoTambienExijo, Plaza de la Revolución, Havana, Cuba December 30, 2014. Courtesy Estudio Bruguera

Tania Bruguera, Touched by Discipline, MADRE Museum, Naples, Italy, 2010. Courtesy Estudio Bruguera

Tania Bruguera and Claire Bishop, May 2018