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Tania Bruguera

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Tatlin's Whispers #5, 2008 Mounted Police, Crowd Control Techniques, Audience Variable © Photo : Sheila Burnett /Courtesy Tate Modern
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Estadistica (Statistic), 1996-1998 Fabric and Human Hair on Board 48 X 33 © Courtesy the artist and Magnan Metz Gallery
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(Arte Útil ) Useful Art , 2010 Sculpture Installed in Bathroom Materials: Ceramic, Water Supply Tube, Flange Bolts, Silicone Caulk, Black Paint © Courtesy of Studio Bruguera and Queens Museum of Art / photo: Queens Museum of Art
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Portraits Sound Installation, Performance Year: 2004-2005 Materials: Space Painted White, Historical Speeches Translated Into Applauses, Recorded Applauses, White Speakers, White Text in the Wall With the Historical Information on the Speeches, Security Guards With © Courtesy of the artist/ Photo: Rüdiger Ettl for Kunsthalle Wien
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Immigrant Movement International - Maria with logo bag , 2011 Useful Art Materials: Immigration Policies and Laws, Immigrant Population, Elected Officials, Politicians, Community Organizations, Public Pressure, Media. in the Photo a New Slogans Writing Workshop by Immigrants © Tania Bruguera
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Awareness Ribbon for Immigrant Respect Campaign , 2011 Metal Pins, Community Meetings, Letters Sent to Elected Officials, Media © Tania Bruguera / Photo: Camilo Godoy Courtesy of Immigrant Movement International
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Immigrant Movement International (IM International) Town Hall , 2006/Implementation years: 2010‐2015 Immigration Policies and Laws, Immigrant Population, Elected Officials, Politicians, Community Organizations, Public Pressure, Media Long‐term Project © Courtesy of Immigrant Movement International/ Photos: IM International
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Trust Workshop , 2007 Ex- KGB Agent, Street Photographers, Eagles, Monkies, Photographic Paper, Printer, Ink, Photo of Felix Dzerzhinsky 4 X 3 X 2 Mts © Tania Bruguera, 2007/ Photo credits:2nd Moscow Bienale/Courtesy of the Artist and the 2nd Moscow Bienale
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MIGRANT MANIFESTO , December 2, 2011 Fisrt Public Reading of the Migrant Manifesto at the United Nations Student Conference on Human Rights © courtesy of Immigrant Movement International / photo: Creative Time
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© Courtesy of the artist & Franco Soffiantino Gallery
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© Courtesy of the artist and Centre Pompidou
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Exhibition view © Galería Juana de Aizpuru
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Self Sabotage at La Biennale di Venezia, 2009, 2009 Performance © the artist
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
La Habana, Cuba
Birth year
1968
Lives in
Chicago, USA and Cuba.
Works in
Chicago, USA and Cuba.
Representing galleries
Current Exhibitions and Events
Sep, 2016
In the Belly of the Whale
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art
Sep, 2016
In the Belly of the Whale
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art
Statement

Tania Bruguera, one of the leading political and performance artists of her generation, researches ways in which Art can be applied to the everyday political life; focusing on the transformation of the condition of "viewer" into one of active "citizenry" and of social affect into political effectiveness. To define her practice she created and uses the terms arte de conducta (Conduct/Behavior Art), Arte Útil (Useful Art), political-timing specific, and aest-ethics. She is curating a survey exhibition and book on Arte Útil at the VanAbbemuseum for autumn 2013 and is working on a book about her art terms incollaboration with Claire Bishop to be published by the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros’s book series “Conversations.” She is currently working on the politicalrepresentation of migrants through her long‐term project Immigrant MovementInternational (conceived in 2005 and initiated in 2010).

Bruguera has participated in Documenta 11; Performa; the Venice, Gwangju, and Havana Biennales, and in exhibitions at museums around the world including: Tate Modern, The Whitechapel Gallery,KunsthausBasselland, Van Abbemuseum, Queens Museum of Art, PS1, Kunsthalle Wien, and The New Museum of Contemporary Art among others. Her work is in the collections of the Tate Modern; Museum fürModerneKunst; Daros Foundation;Museo del Barrio; Bronx Museum; IVAM; National Museum of Wales and MuseoNacional de BellasArtes, Centro de Arte ContemporáneoWifredo Lam.

Her work is featured in seminal books like “Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism” by Hal Foster and Rosalind Kraus, Yve‐Alain Bois, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh and David Joselit; “Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present” by Roselee Goldberg (both Thames & Hudson); “Artificial Hells ‐ Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship,” by Claire Bishop (Verso), “Art Today” by Eleanor Heartney, “Cream 2” (both Phaidon) “Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century)” by Steven Madoff (MIT); and “Art Now. Vol 2” by UtaGrosenick (Taschen).

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