Tania Bruguera

Tania Bruguera

Performance Artist
Political Activist
Tania is a political performance artist who explores the relationship between art, activism, and social change; her work examines the social effects of political and economic power. She explores the implementation of art in society, examining what it means to create “Useful Art.” Born and raised in Havana, several of her exhibitions have interrogated and “re-presented” events in Cuban history. Tania explores both the promise and failings of the Cuban Revolution through performances that provoke viewers to consider political realities masked by government propaganda and mass-media interpretation. In 2011, Tania started Immigrant Movement International, a multi-part artwork that will run through 2015. She spent a year living in a small apartment in Corona, Queens, with five undocumented immigrants and their children. Engaging both local and international communities, as well as working with social service organizations, elected officials, and artists focused on immigration reform, Tania examined growing concerns about the political representation and conditions facing immigrants. As part of the work, Tania launched an Immigrant Respect Awareness Campaign and an international day of actions on December 18, 2011 - the UN has designated this International Migrants Day. Tania studied at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana and then earned an M.F.A. in performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago - she now lives and works between New York and Havana. From 2003-2010, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Visual Arts of the University of Chicago and is an invited professor at the University IUAV in Venice, Italy. 
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