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Tania Bruguera & Asociación de Arte Útil

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Exterior view of Escuela de Arte Útil project, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2017. Courtesy Association of Arte Útil
Photo: Claudio Fuentes
For more than twenty-five years, Tania Bruguera has created socially engaged performances and installations that examine the nature of political power structures and their effect on the lives of constituents. Her works often expose the social effects of political forces and present global issues of power, migration, censorship, and repression through participatory projects that turn viewers into “citizens.” Bruguera is a recipient of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Honoris Causa and was named one of the Hundred Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. She recently opened the Hannah Arendt International Institute for Artivism in Havana—a school, exhibition space, and think tank enabling collaboration between activist artists and everyday Cubans. In collaboration with museums and art institutions worldwide, Bruguera initiated the Asociación de Arte Útil, an international network that promotes the usefulness of art and its integration into everyday life through research, workshops, and other programs.

Born 1968, Havana, Cuba; lives and works in New York, USA
Established 2011, New York, USA; Eindhoven, the Netherlands; and Coniston, England