The “Patria y Vida” video is spreading like wildfire in Cuba and Miami, a sign of widespread discontent on the island as well as unity among Cubans.
Coco Fusco writes on why “equity won’t be achieved by a new biennial, another emerging artist of color survey, or a record auction sale by a Black artist.”
The artist has been detained over 20 times in two years. But this time, his colleagues on the island mobilized in his defense — and that made all the difference.
The treatment of Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara is emblematic of a struggle in Cuba over who defines and controls art and culture.
In an in-depth interview translated from Spanish, artist and scholar Coco Fusco discusses the 2019 Havana Biennial and state of the Cuban art world with poet and cultural commentator Katherine Bisquet.
While governments and the media may tout the reforms in Cuba, the reality for artists on the island nation is far more precarious.
The art world is structured in a way that enables abuses, and the problem is especially acute at art schools.
Presuming that calls for censorship and destruction constitute a legitimate response to perceived injustice leads us down a very dark path.
The time for thinking about how the imminent political shift will impact the lives and livelihoods of artists is upon us.