Immigrant Party and INSTAR
Tania Bruguera is an artist who researches ways in which art can be applied to everyday political life, focusing on the transformation of social affect into political effectiveness. She would like to work with students on projects about immigration and social practice artwork, “Immigrant Party: Challenging Immigrant Incarceration” and “INSTAR: Instituto de Artivismo Hannah Arendt, Havana.”
Students are welcome to apply with interests in human rights, immigration law, politics, urban design, alternative governments, journalism, and the current refugee crisis. Spanish speakers are welcome; although Spanish language ability or a background in art is not necessary, Spanish language skills would be a plus. Working closely with the artist, students will contribute valuable research to timely projects, will learn about socially engaged artwork, and may see their research applied to meaningful exhibitions and texts.
Students will research the intricacies of local politics and immigration law in order to discover loopholes and other creative ways in which citizens may obtain access to governmental representation, as well as artistic and legislative solutions to the refugee crisis.
The research may be applied to an exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, opening in June, 2017; a book about creative immigration projects for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; and INSTAR, an institute that invites artists and activists to create peaceful tools for policy change and civic literacy.
For both Immigrant Party and INSTAR projects, student researchers should be independent, organized, rigorous, detail-oriented individuals who love researching, have good writing skills, and will like to fight unjust social, political, and migration policies in creative ways. If you are applying to work on INSTAR, it would be a plus if you’ll possess excellent writing and communication skills in both English and Spanish and have an understanding of Cuba’s history and current political situation.