Tania Bruguera is an installation and performance artist whose works expose the social effects of political forces. She operated the Arte de Conducta (Behavior Art) program at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana from 2003 to 2009, and recently opened the Hannah Arendt International Institute for Artivism in Havana—a school, exhibition space, and think tank for activist artists and Cubans. Her work has been featured in Documenta 11; the 2015 Venice Biennale; Tate Modern, London; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, among other venues. Bruguera lives and works in Havana, New York, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more than twenty-five years she has created socially engaged performances and installations that examine the nature of political power structures and their effect on society’s most vulnerable individuals and groups. Her research focuses on applying art to everyday political life—the transformation of social affect into political effectiveness. Her long-term projects are intensive interventions into the institutional structure of collective memory, education, and politics. Her works often expose the social effects of political forces and present global issues of power, migration, censorship, and repression through participatory works that turn “viewers” into “citizens.” She has been awarded an Honoris Causa by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, selected as one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, and shortlisted for the #Index100 Freedom of Expression Award. She is a Herb Alpert Award winner, a Radcliffe and Yale World Fellow, and the first-ever artist in residence in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.
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