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.
Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara
Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara Wins Prince Claus Impact Award
The jailed artist was praised for his activism against censorship and authoritarianism in Cuba.
Cuba Sentences Artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara to Five Years in Prison
Rapper Maykel “Osorbo” Pérez was sentenced to nine years.
Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara Speaks Out From Prison Ahead of Trial
“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.
Cuban Artists Test the Frontiers of Political Dissent
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.
Artists Remain Detained in Cuba as Anti-Government Protests Continue
Artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara is set to be transferred to the Guanajay maximum security prison, facing charges of contempt, resistance, and assault.
John Akomfrah, Carrie Mae Weems, and Others Demand Release of Dissident Cuban Artist
“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.
Cuban Artist Forcibly Hospitalized During Hunger Strike
Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara has been without food or fluids for seven days after Cuban police raided his home and took several artworks.
Following Peaceful Protest, Cuban State Security Traps Artists in Apartment
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.
Tania Bruguera Among Artists Detained in Cuba Before Protest Against Police Brutality
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.
Case Dismissed: On Cuban Artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara’s Arrest and Release
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.
Hundreds Demand Cuban Government to Free Detained Artist
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.