The installation and performance artist Tania Bruguera researches ways in which art can be applied to everyday political life, focusing on the transformation of social affect into political effectiveness. Her long-term projects have been intensive interventions on the institutional structure of collective memory, education, and politics.
During her fellowship at Radcliffe, Bruguera is continuing to develop the Instituto de Artivismo Hannah Arendt (INSTAR). Located in Havana, Cuba, the institute will be a hub for civic literacy in Cuba. Working with cubanos de a pie (everyday Cubans)—from housewives to professionals, from activists to students—INSTAR will work with the people who will be building democracy in Cuba every day, those asking for their rights and fighting for social justice in their schools and their jobs, thus transforming its audience into active citizens.
Bruguera earned her MFA in performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the founder and director of Cátedra Arte de Conducta (Behavior Art School), the first performance studies program in Latin America. Bruguera’s work has been exhibited at documenta 11, the Guggenheim Museum, and Tate Modern and also at the Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, the Gwangju Biennale, the Istanbul Biennial, and Shanghai Biennale. Her work is in the permanent collections of many institutions around the world, including the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana, and the Museum of Modern Art, in New York.