Performance Artist and Activist Tania Bruguera to Speak at Kent State
Tania Bruguera, a performance, installation and video artist from Havana, Cuba, will deliver a lecture at the Kent State University School of Art at noon on Friday, April 1, in the Center for the Visual Arts, Room 165. Following a brief overview of Bruguera’s political timing-specific work method, the lecture will focus on the artist’s latest performance, “#YoTambienExijo” (I Also Demand), in which she attempted to put a microphone at Revolution Square in Havana, open to all, without censorship.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Bruguera is the founder of the Hannah Arendt Institute of Artivism, which aims to be a hub for civic literacy in Cuba. She is a persistent advocate for free speech in the face of oppression and has spent time in Cuban prisons as a result of her performances. Currently serving as the first artist-in-residence of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, she was recently named a finalist for the prestigious Hugo Boss Prize, administered by the Guggenheim Museum.
This event is presented with the support of the School of Art’s James A. Michener Fund and Oberlin College’s Ellen Johnson Endowment for Contemporary Art.