Feeling an ethical compulsion to resist her government’s mastery of “creating fear” through artistic censorship, Cuban artist Tania Bruguera began a performance on May 20, 2015 during which she invited the public to participate in a marathon reading of Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism. The performance, held just before the opening of the Havana Biennial, platforms Bruguera’s hope of practically implementing socially engaged art that is separate from commercially organized fairs like the biennial. The project follows a similar performance she did late last year, which saw the government censoring the audience’s accessibility to work in addition to her arrest. Read an interview with Bruguera here.
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