Political art has doubts, not certainties; it has intentions, not programs; it shares with those who find it rather than imposing on them; it is defined while it is done; it is an experience, not an image; it is something entering the field of emotions, something that is more complex than a unit of thought. Political art is the art that is created when it is unfashionable and when it is uncomfortable - legally uncomfortable, civically uncomfortable, humanely uncomfortable.
Yesterday in Times Square, Creative Time re-staged a performance of Cuban artist Tania Bruguera’s work Tatlin’s Whisper #6. Bruguera is currently facing criminal charges in her native Cuba for attempting to stage this performance, in which a microphone is placed in a public square and people are permitted to speak uncensored for one minute. Several artists, including Hans Haacke, pictured here, participated to voice their support for Bruguera.
Join us in supporting artist Tania Bruguera, who is currently facing criminal charges in her native Cuba for attempting to stage a performance about free speech. On April 13 at noon in Times Square, Creative Time is restaging Bruguera’s work Tatlin’s Whisper #6. #YoTambienExijo #FreeTaniaBruguera
Through her on-going art project ‘Immigrant Movement International’, Cuban artist Tania Bruguera explores questions surrounding immigration - how an immigrant is defined as such and what it means to be a citizen of the world.
It’s fascinating to be in a commercial-free zone — no chain stores, no ads, few signs — without the visual clutter of so much of our lives. Then there are the people, universally friendly, who we met along the way and who became part of our stories — the human dramas within the larger political, economic and cultural drama that is unfolding. For a reporter, a rich country, indeed. Not in wealth, but in everything else.
The minuses? There’s the heat, high 90s every day we were there. There’s the lack of internet connections. […]
There is also the continuing presence of the state in the daily lives of people. We met the artist Tania Bruguera, who’d been detained, her passport taken, for trying to stage a performance piece in which average citizens could speak their minds.