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Tania Bruguera

(Havana, Cuba, 1968; lives and works in Havana and Chicago, USA)

Tania Bruguera is an interdisciplinary artist working on political issues primarily through behaviour art, performance, installation and video. She has been a participant in Documenta, Performa, two Venice, Gwangju and Havana Biennials. Her work has also been exhibited at mayor museums in Europe and the United States, including the Tate Modern, The Whitechapel, Gallery PS1, the ZKM, IVAM, Kunsthalle Wien and The New Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work is part of the collection of the Tate Modern; Museum für Moderne Kunst; Daros Foundation; Museum of Modern Art; Museo del Barrio; Bronx Museum; IVAM; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam. In 1998 she was selected as a Guggenheim fellow (The United States) and in 2008 she was awarded the Prince Claus Prize.

Bruguera's work focus on the relationship between art, politics and life. Among them, art is conceived as an experience to be crossed and as an space for utopian projects. She is mainly interested in the insertion of art in everyday politic life. Since 2002, - with the creation of the Cátedra Arte de Conducta, an alternative project by the art college in Havana - she began a series of projects where she deals with structures appropriation and power resources - not just its own language. She is no longer interested in representing just politic situations, but in creating them by setting into motion in her work some of those strategies used by the political forces. Her work, most of the times ephemeral due to the usage of life actions, fragile material or both, reflects the condition also ephemeral of any political truth.