“There rises within me a rebellious spirit, that does not allow me to resign myself,” says Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara.
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.
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.
Artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara is set to be transferred to the Guanajay maximum security prison, facing charges of contempt, resistance, and assault.
“Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara is being detained solely for peacefully expressing his ideas through his art and for his nonviolent defense of human rights,” the open letter reads.
Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara has been without food or fluids for seven days after Cuban police raided his home and took several artworks.
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.
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.