Tania Bruguera in live skype conversation with Dr Fred Dalmasso, Prof Ruth Kinna & Dr Gillian Whiteley

Martin Hall Theatre, Martin Hall

Drawing on a life’s work of socially-engaged practices and projects, artist Tania Bruguera presents a provocation, a manifesto for what it is to be a citizen-artist now. In association with the Re-imagining Citizenship exhibition in Martin Hall (jointly curated by the Politicized Practice, Anarchist and Theatre and Performance Research Groups), a collective conversation and discussion will follow from the floor.

Tania Bruguera is a Cuban installation and performance artist, living and working between New York and Havana. Bruguera’s work pivots around issues of power and control, and several of her works interrogate and re-present events in Cuban history.

Bruguera has participated in numerous international exhibitions, including Documenta 11 (2002), the Bienal Iberoamericana in Lima, Peru (2002), the Istanbul Biennial (2003), the Shanghai Biennale (2004), and the Gwangju Biennale in Gwangju, Korea (2008). Her work is also in the permanent collections of many institutions around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art and Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana.

In 2017, Bruguera proposed herself as a candidate in the 2018 Cuban Presidential Election in a video called #YoMePropongo en Cuba. In this project, she challenges the audience to imagine what they would do to create a better future Cuba, if they were elected president. To date, Bruguera has received 70 video responses from everyday Cubans expressing their desires to reform the corrupt government, include affordable housing, and improve their weak economy. This year, she was the recipient of a commission for the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall.

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Dr Fred Dalmasso’s main areas of research are practice-based theatre translation and the relationship between performance, theatre, philosophy and politics. His teaching focuses on 20th and 21st century theatre and performance in their interaction with politics and philosophy and movement-based theatre practice. He is the artistic director of the performance group collect-ifs.

Ruth Kinna, Professor of Political Theory, specialises in 19th and early 20th century socialist thought and in contemporary radical politics, particularly anarchism. Her book, William Morris: The art of socialism was published in 2000 by University Wales press. Ruth has been editor of the journal Anarchist Studies since 2007 and co-convenes the Anarchist Studies Network, a specialist group of the UK Political Studies Association.

Dr Gillian Whiteley is a Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture at Loughborough, coordinator of the Politicized Practice Research Group and co-organiser of RadicalAesthetics-RadicalArt (RaRa), a research initiative with events, network and book series published by Bloomsbury (for which she is commissioning editor).

Please note that Tania Bruguera is appearing live via Skype for this event and not in person.

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