Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Cuban artist Tania Bruguera detained

Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera was detained by authorities in Havana before a controversial planned performance, according to the artist's sister. The piece was to consist of installing a podium and an open microphone in Havana's Revolution Square, allowing any interested individuals the opportunity to speak their minds for exactly one minute.
Read the whole story by the LAT Carolina Miranda here. It should come to no surprise that this brave artist, who's been in trouble with the Cuban dictatorship many time before, has been detained by the goons of the Castro Brothers' Workers Paradise.

I am told that Castro's secret police showed up at her apartment around 5AM and detained her; her whereabouts are unknown - they also detained about a dozen other people whose crime was apparently that they had expressed interest in attending Bruguera's performance.

This brutal and racist dictatorship has little room for any artistic dissidence. Let us hope that international pressure on the dictatorship turns out well and that this brave artist is released unharmed.