I am not going to the 13th Havana Biennial because my struggle to achieve freedom of expression in Cuba, my defense of cultural rights, and my efforts to end political hatred among Cubans and defend the right to demonstrate in the streets are not limited to an event. It is my life mission.
For over 25 years, Tania Bruguera has created socially-engaged performances and installations that examine the nature of political power structures and their effect on the lives of its constituency. Her research focuses on ways in which art can be applied to 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.”