Is Cuban socialism a success or failure? Is Cuba frozen in time or on the verge of being overrun with McDonald’s? One field that displays the complexity and contradictions of Cuba is the arts.
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.
The bipartisan group of politicians urges the release of Denis Solís, a rapper arbitrarily detained last year, and expresses solidarity with the San Isidro Movement artist-activist collective.
The motion was filed on behalf of 1,252 artists, and counting, who signed a petition in its favor, including artists Tania Bruguera and Sandra Ceballos.
Tania Bruguera and Katherine Bisquet were among those detained prior to a peaceful demonstration convened by the 27N Movement in front of the Ministry of Culture in Havana.
As Cuban authorities continue to target artist Tania Bruguera, Pablo Helguera publishes, for the first time, his 2015 essay on Bruguera’s attempt to stage a public performance on free speech.
“We must use the right definitions: KIDNAPPING,” said Deborah Bruguera, the artist-activist’s sister.
Seven of them have been on hunger strike for more than 140 hours after police intercepted attempts by a neighbor to drop off food and supplies.
Following the death of Yosvany Arostegui in police custody, the Cuban artist asked people to record themselves reading the names of 102 current political prisoners out loud.
Bruguera was arrested in her home under pretenses of “pandemic contagion,” preventing her from attending a demonstration against the killing of Hansel Ernesto Hernández Galiano.
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.
Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, who was arrested last Sunday while on his way to an anti-censorship protest, could face between two and five years in prison.