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.
Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara was planning to attend a “kiss-in” convened by the local LGBTQ+ community in response to the government’s censorship of a film broadcast.
Documentaries at the festival looked at ordinary people in Cuba, journalists in the Philippines, and lawyers for the ACLU.
The treatment of Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara is emblematic of a struggle in Cuba over who defines and controls art and culture.
By approaching Castro’s Cuba from the margins, author Anna Veltfort creates a unique lens through which to observe the mechanisms by which a political system acts upon those who live within it.
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.
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s The Last Supper plays as part of Film Forum’s ongoing series The Hour of Liberation: Decolonizing Cinema, 1966-1981, which presents both classic and overlooked anti-imperialist films.
Their exhibition was shut down by Cuban authorities on the day of its opening at the Museum of Dissidence, and the artists were interrogated for six hours before being deported.
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.
“I am sure that this is due to my writings on Cuban art and cultural politics, and my steadfast support for the artists-led movement in Cuba against Decree 349,” the artist wrote in a statement today.
They ask the biennial participants to feature artists affected by Decree 349, or wear T-shirts opposing the decree during their time in Cuba.
Tour participants are invited to exhibit a selection of their photographs in a group show at the Pratt SCPS Gallery. Application deadline is January 10.