A Deafening Noise at Tania Bruguera’s Door / El Fogonero

bruguera2El Fogonero, 22 May 2015 – The Cuban dictatorship has been left without arguments, and so they do not dare to listen to Cubans, nor let them be listened to. The latest proof of this is what is happening right now to a doorway in Havana where a woman is reading outloud.

The artist Tania Bruguera (who weeks previously was the victim of an act of censorship preventing her from presenting a performance in public) decided to sit in the doorway of her house and read, for 100 hours, the book “The Origins of Totalitarianism” by Hannah Arendt.

In response, the dictatorship sent a construction brigade to break up the pavement even more (in Havana the majority of the streets are torn up) in front of Tania’s door. It is not difficult to calculate that they will keep jackhammering for 100 hours.

According to sources close to the artist, Bruguera will wait for the “repair” work to be completed before resuming her reading. By then, we can be sure, Raul’s henchmen will have come up with a new ruse.

Meanwhile, beyond the outrage provoked by such cowardice, at least here is good news: right in front of artist Tania Bruguera’s house, a few steps from the glass case where the yacht Granma is preserved, a small stretch of Tejadillo Street will finally be repaired.