“There rises within me a rebellious spirit, that does not allow me to resign myself,” says Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara.
Tania Bruguera, Coco Fusco, and Tomás Sánchez are among artists urging the international art community to abandon the “political fantasy that Cuba is a socialist utopia.”
Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, who remains behind bars at the Guanajay maximum security prison, talks to Claudia Genlui Hidalgo about his latest — and unconventional — project.
The jailed artist was praised for his activism against censorship and authoritarianism in Cuba.
The well-researched podcast has done deep dives into US attempts at regime change in Iraq and Cuba, with its new season tackling the Korean War.
Rapper Maykel “Osorbo” Pérez was sentenced to nine years.
“I am an artist and a human being struggling to get out of this unjust prison, but every day my love of free and honest art grows firmer,” the persecuted artist said in a statement from a maximum-security prison in Cuba.
The artists in Umbral, or “threshold,” address the dystopia of voicing dissent on the island and the tension of existing as a Cuban citizen anywhere in the world.
The long-overlooked artist received her first museum survey at age 83.
The question of race — however hidden, however camouflaged by the shouts of the crowds — is a constant theme and an unanswered challenge.
Despite international condemnation, and the promises of US Presidents Barack Obama and Joe Biden to shut down the facility, the detention camp continues to operate.
Ursula Biemann, Nicolas Bourriaud, and others said they will no longer participate in the event.