The Charge of "Damages" Against Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara is Provisionally Dismissed

14ymedio, Havana, 16 April 2020 — The open case against Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara for a presumed crime of “damages” has been provisionally dismissed due to lack of evidence, meaning that the case is shelved until “new elements allow it to be put in progress.” The document, to which this newspaper had access, was delivered … Continue reading “The Charge of "Damages" Against Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara is Provisionally Dismissed”

Cuban Artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara is Released

14ymedio, Havana, 14 March 2020 — The artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara was released on Friday night, in a surprise turn in his case, which had captured broad national and international solidarity, as confirmed by curator Claudia Genlui on her Facebook account. “Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara has been released!! We are connected,” published Genlui. Journalist Carlos … Continue reading “Cuban Artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara is Released”

Kcho and Other "Official" Artists Call for the Liberation of Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara

14ymedio, Havana, 9 March 2020 — The movement for the liberation of the artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara is growing every day and now includes ’official’ artist such as Alexis Leyva, Kcho, and Silvio Rodríguez. “Let’s stop this now, we don’t need it and Cuba’s future is not censorship,” Kcho writes in a comment posted on … Continue reading “Kcho and Other "Official" Artists Call for the Liberation of Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara”

Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara Will be Tried for ‘Property Damage’

14ymedio, Havana, 3 March 2020 — Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara will be tried in a “summary trial” to be held in less than ten days, according to the members of the San Isidro Movement of which the artist is a member. The movement denounced the coming trial. The authorities arrested Otero Alcantara last Sunday afternoon … Continue reading “Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara Will be Tried for ‘Property Damage’”

Cuban Artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara Released on Tuesday

14ymedio, Havana, 4 June 2019 — The police released artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara on Tuesday afternoon after he spent 24 hours in the San Miguel del Padrón police station, the independent artist explained to 14ymedio. By telephones, moment after his release, Alcántara related that he was arrested on Monday in the middle of the street. The … Continue reading “Cuban Artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara Released on Tuesday”

Cubalex Demands the Immediate Release of the Artists Luis Manuel Otero, Amaury Pacheco and Soandry Del Río / Cubalex

Arrest of Luis Manuel Otero Cubalex, 22 July 2018 – Peaceful gatherings and demonstrations are essential for public participation On the afternoon of July 21, 2018, Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, Iris Ruiz, Amaury Pacheco, Soandry del Río, Yanelys Nuñez Leyva and José Ernesto Alonso met in front of Havana’s Capitol building, contrary to the regulations … Continue reading “Cubalex Demands the Immediate Release of the Artists Luis Manuel Otero, Amaury Pacheco and Soandry Del Río / Cubalex”

Luis Manuel Otero: From Athlete to Dissident Artist / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 15 February 2018 — He’s like a character out of a dark novel by Pedro Juan Gutiérrez. He turned 30 on December 2, 2017, and the life of Luis Manuel Otero has been marked by survival. He still remembers the 12-hour blackouts when he was a kid, in the middle of the Special … Continue reading “Luis Manuel Otero: From Athlete to Dissident Artist / Iván García”

Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara’s Right to Believe and Practice His Faith / Mario Lleonart

Mario Lleonart, 16 December 2017 — Another flagrant violation of religious liberties took place in Cuba on 14 December 2017, when Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara’s pilgrimage to the San Lázaro shrine was stopped, according to information provided by his wife, Yanelys Núñez Leyva. Otero Alcántara was detained on the orders of the Cuban State Security, which is what  … Continue reading “Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara’s Right to Believe and Practice His Faith / Mario Lleonart”

Cuban Faces 2017: Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara

14ymedio, Havana, 25 December 2017 — Restless, hyperactive, media-focused and irreverent, Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara (b. 1987, Havana) turned 30 this year in the midst of an unstoppable and controversial artistic work. With his proposal With All And For The Good Of A Few he created three artistic interventions centered on the luxurious hotel Manzana Kempinski. In the … Continue reading “Cuban Faces 2017: Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara”

More Than 300 People Sign a Petition for the Release of Artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara

14ymedio, Havana, 9 November 2017 — The arrest of Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara has unleashed a wave of solidarity on the internet. The artist Tania Bruguera launched a solidarity campaign that as of Thursday exceeded 300 signatures to demand the release of the young artist. The declaration states that the government’s reaction towards the … Continue reading “More Than 300 People Sign a Petition for the Release of Artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara”

Luis Manuel Otero: “Fear is One of the Most Effective Tools of This System”

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 11 October 2017 — When he was a boy all he needed was a scalpel to shape a piece of wood and he gladly exchanged the tracks of athleticism for art. Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara dreamed of “being famous, having money and improving the world,” but ended up denouncing, through his aesthetic … Continue reading “Luis Manuel Otero: “Fear is One of the Most Effective Tools of This System””

Cuban Authorities Exhibit Otero Alcantara in a Video as Proof of Life

14ymedio, Havana, 4 May 2021 — Dr. Ifrán Martinez Gálvez, who presents himself as head of the medical team that cares for the artist Luis Manuel Otero Acántara at the Calixto García hospital, in Havana, has published a video on his Facebook profile this Tuesday, in clear response to the demands for a proof of life from the … Continue reading “Cuban Authorities Exhibit Otero Alcantara in a Video as Proof of Life”

Cuban State Security Breaks into Otero Alcantara’s House and Takes Him to the Hospital

14ymedio, Havana, 2 May 2021 — Cuban State Security broke into the home of Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, in Old Havana, at dawn this Sunday, and transferred him to the Calixto García Hospital, in El Vedado. An official statement confirmed that the artist was taken from his home, a week after starting a hunger and thirst strike. The artist’s … Continue reading “Cuban State Security Breaks into Otero Alcantara’s House and Takes Him to the Hospital”

Otero Alcantara’s Health Deteriorates, But He Remains Firm in Continuing His Hunger Strike

14ymedio, Havana, 28 April 2021 —  After three days on a hunger and thirst strike, the artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara is beginning to feel the first signs of weakness in his body. The dancer Chabelly Díaz told 14ymedio that she was able to speak with him and conveyed his determination to continue with the protest. “Communication with ‘Luisma’ … Continue reading “Otero Alcantara’s Health Deteriorates, But He Remains Firm in Continuing His Hunger Strike”