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Art With Consequences’, Tania Bruguera’s First Conference Outside Cuba /
Posted on September 7, 2015

14ymedio, Havana, 4 September 2015 — “When politics meets art the
aesthetic defines its relevance, when art meets politics ethics can not
be avoided.” So begins the announcement for Tania Bruguera’s
presentation this coming September 15 at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie
(New York).

Entitled ‘AEST-ethics’: Art with Consequences, it is the first public
event featuring the artist outside of Cuba since her recent forced stay
in that country, and is part of the Antonio Márquez Lecture
Series organized by the university on the occasion of Hispanic Heritage

“Political art is art that has consequences. The ethics, the conduct and
the specific political moment are some of the materials that are
spokesperson uses today to create an art that works politically,” reads
the statement.

Bruguera is currently engaged in an year-long
artist-in-residence engagement in New York and is helping that city’s
Office of Immigrant Affairs recruit undocumented immigrants for the
idNYC Program, which aims to provide identification cards to all
residents of the Big Apple.

The artist finally obtained her passport on 11 July, after being
detained by the Cuban government last December, when he was arrested
before making a performance of political art in Havana, and has since
suffered several clashes with State Security. On June 8 the artist was
detained along with 47 Ladies in White at the exit of Santa Rita Church
in the Havana municipality of Playa.

A few weeks earlier, during the activities of the Havana Biennial,
Bruguera decided to pay tribute to Hannah Arendt with more than 100
consecutive hours of reading, analysis and discussion of the book The
Origins of Totalitarianism. The event was hijacked by successive
incidents police pressure, a noisy street repair outside the home of the
artist, and the subsequent arrest of her and several companions.

Source: ‘Art With Consequences’, Tania Bruguera’s First Conference
Outside Cuba / 14ymedio | Translating Cuba –

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