Attend a public art and social practice talk by internationally acclaimed artist Tania Bruguera. The artist who is currently running for the Presidency of Cuba, coordinating a global movement in support of the immigrants’ civil and political rights, and recently founded the Institute of Artivism (Art+Activism) named after Hannah Arendt, in Havana, Cuba, will speak in Calgary about the role that art and artists can play in today’s society.
Tania Bruguera is one of the best known contemporary artists of her generation. Born 1968 in Cuba, Bruguera has long operated at the intersection of art and life, exploring the role that the artist and art can play in today’s society and in the realm of politics.
For over 25 years Bruguera has created socially-engaged performances and installations that examine the nature of political power structures and their effect on the lives of society's most vulnerable individuals and groups. Her research focuses on ways in which art can be applied to the everyday political life; on the transformation of social affect into political effectiveness. Her long-term projects are intensive interventions on 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.” By creating proposals and aesthetic models for others to use and adapt, she defines herself as an initiator rather than an author, and often collaborates with multiple institutions as well as many individuals so that the full realization of her artwork occurs when others adopt and perpetuate it. Awarded an Honoris Causa by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, selected one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, shortlisted for the #Index100 Freedom of Expression Award, a Herb Alpert Award winner, a Radcliffe and Yale World Fellow, and the first artist-in-residence in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.
This artist talk is part of the Public Art and Social Practice workshop series jointly offered by the Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG) and The City of Calgary Public Art Program. Internationally renowned artists Alfredo Jaar, Tania Bruguera and Jeanne van Heeswijk will each present a free public lecture and lead a two-day workshop for Calgary artists.
For more information on the series visit http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/Pages/Public-Art/Public-Art-and-Social-Practice-Workshop-Series.aspx
For more information on Tania Bruguera and her practice visit http://www.taniabruguera.com/cms/
The event is free and the theatre has a limited capacity, so guests are asked to arrive early to secure a seat. This presentation is kindly supported by the Glenbow Museum.
Cover image courtesy of Estudio Bruguera: detail of Untitled, Moscow, Trust Workshop, 2007. Materials: Ex- KGB agent, street photographers, eagles, monkies, photographic paper, printer, ink