Tania Bruguera

Zabar Visiting Artist

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

7:00pm - 9:00pm

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The Hunter College Department of Art and Art History is pleased to announce a public lecture by Tania Bruguera, the Spring 2018 Judith Zabar Visiting Artist. Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at 7:00 pm at Hunter’s MFA Studios at 205 Hudson Street in Tribeca.

For over 25 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 their constituencies. Her research focuses on ways in which art can be applied to everyday political life, and on the transformation of social affect into political effectiveness. Her  longterm projects are intensive interventions on the institutional structure of collective memory, education, and politics. Her works often expose the social effects of political forces and present global issues of power, migration, censorship, and repression through participatory works that turn “viewers” into “citizens.”

By creating proposals and aesthetic models for others to use and adapt, she defines herself as an initiator rather than an author, and often collaborates with multiple institutions as well as many individuals so that the full realization of her artwork occurs when others adopt and perpetuate it.

Tania Bruguera has been awarded an honorary doctorate by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, selected one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, and was shortlisted for the #Index100 Freedom of Expression Award. She is a Herb Alpert Award winner, and has been a Guggenheim, Radcliffe and Yale World Fellow. She was the first artist-in-residence in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Bruguera has recently opened the Hannah Arendt International Institute for Artivism, in Havana: a school, exhibition space, and think tank for activist artists and Cubans.