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Talk: Tania Bruguera

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Special public event with acclaimed artist Tania Bruguera

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Hear artist Tania Bruguera discuss recent projects and initiatives that examine and expose the nature of political and social power structures.

Introduction by Dr Verónica Tello, Lecturer, Contemporary Art Theory.

Tania Bruguera is in Australia as the guest of MUMA I Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne.

Tania Bruguera is a Cuban artist who creates socially-engaged performances and installations that focus on the application of art to everyday political life and on the transformation of social affect into political effectiveness. Bruguera’s long-term projects examine the nature of political power structures and their effects on the lives of their constituencies, and involve intensive interventions on the institutional structures of collective memory, education and politics. 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 and individuals. Bruguera was named in the Top 100 Global Thinkers list by Foreign Policy magazine and participated in documenta11 in 2002 and the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. She was the inaugural artist-in-residence at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and, in her home city of Havana, she established the Arte de Conducta (Behavior Art) program at the Instituto Superior de Arte in 2002. In 2015, Bruguera opened the Hannah Arendt International Institute for Artivism, a school, exhibition space and think tank for activist-artists and Cubans.

Verónica Tello is a Chilean-Australian theorist and historian of contemporary art based in Sydney. Her work broadly focuses on aesthetics and technologies of counter-memory/history and border politics. Her first book is entitledCounter-Memorial Aesthetics: Refugee Histories and the Politics of Contemporary Art (Bloomsbury, Radical Aesthetics-Radical Art series, 2016). She is currently working on two book projects: the first based on the collaborative project, Future Souths: Aesthetics and Vocabularies of the Global Souths, http://futuresouths.org; and the second focuses on the transnational collaborations by Chilean artists during the 1970s-80s. Her writings have appeared in Third Text, Contemporaneity, and Afterall. She is currently Lecturer at UNSW Art & Design and Research Fellow, Rhodes University, South Africa (as part of the Arts of Global South research cluster).

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