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.
They ask the biennial participants to feature artists affected by Decree 349, or wear T-shirts opposing the decree during their time in Cuba.
In order to understand the importance of an alternative biennial, one needs to look closely at the history of biennials in Cuba.
While governments and the media may tout the reforms in Cuba, the reality for artists on the island nation is far more precarious.
Curator Yanelys Nuñez Leyva and her partner, the artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, were detained by Cuban police after filing a complaint related to Alcántara detention earlier this month.
Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara was arrested on Monday and accused of “illicit possession of construction materials.”