Instar Offers Four Spaces for ‘Coworking’ at its Headquarters in Old Havana

14ymedio, Havana, 6 January 2020 — The Hannah Arendt International Institute of Artivism (Instar) has made available to other independent projects three spaces for coworking, shared offices, at its headquarters in Old Havana, according to an announcement published this Tuesday on its social networks. In a country marked by a housing deficit and few places … Continue reading “Instar Offers Four Spaces for ‘Coworking’ at its Headquarters in Old Havana”

Instar Offers Two Residencies to Promote Civic Initiatives in Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 30 May 2019 — The Hannah Arendt Institute of Artivism (Instar) is offering two Vita Activa (Active Life) Residencies “to promote civic initiatives with viable solutions in the short or medium term.” Every Cuban resident on the island can apply and novelty and creativity will be rewarded. Vita Activa is looking for “projects which, using a strong theoretical … Continue reading “Instar Offers Two Residencies to Promote Civic Initiatives in Cuba”

Instar Launches First Independent Fund For Audiovisual Creation In Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 11 June 2018 – The Hannah Arendt Institute of Artivism (Instar) has launched the first independent fund for the creation of audiovisuals in Cuba. The call for project proposals has been posted on the project’s online site, created by the artist Tania Bruguera, and is open from June 8 to September 8, 2018. Instar … Continue reading “Instar Launches First Independent Fund For Audiovisual Creation In Cuba”

Cuban State Security Mobilizes to Prevent a Protest in Favor of Hamlet Lavastida

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 7 July 2021 — Several independent artists and journalists were detained this Wednesday by Cuban State Security agents to prevent them from carrying out a protest action in solidarity with the artist Hamlet Lavastida, who has been under arrest in Villa Marista since June 26th. The action proposed a sit-in in … Continue reading “Cuban State Security Mobilizes to Prevent a Protest in Favor of Hamlet Lavastida”

Cuban Reporter Covering the Rape Case of a Minor Arrested for 24 Hours

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 18 June 2021 — Writer Jorge Enrique Rodríguez, a journalist for Diario de Cuba and a collaborator of the International Institute of Artivism Hannah Arendt (Instar), was released this Friday after being detained for 24 hours. The journalist was arrested this Thursday around two in the afternoon outside the Western Army Military … Continue reading “Cuban Reporter Covering the Rape Case of a Minor Arrested for 24 Hours”

Cuban Government Organizes an Act of Repudiation Against Tania Bruguera

14ymedio, Havana, 3 June 2021 — On Thursday afternoon at the headquarters of the Hannah Arendt International Institute of Artivism (Instar), the artist Tania Bruguera received a visit from a group made up of about fifteen people who warned her of the consequences of continuing with her activities and demands. At the head of the … Continue reading “Cuban Government Organizes an Act of Repudiation Against Tania Bruguera”

Cuban Police Pursue Tania Bruguera While Germany Invites Her to an Art Exhibition

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 8 February 2021 — The Hannah Arendt International Institute of Artivism (Instar), founded in Havana by the artist Tania Bruguera, has been selected to participate in the 15th edition of documenta, the prestigious contemporary art exhibition held in Kassel, Germany, currently scheduled for June 18 to September 25, 2022. On this occasion, … Continue reading “Cuban Police Pursue Tania Bruguera While Germany Invites Her to an Art Exhibition”

“The Party Reigns in Cuba in the Style of the Medieval Church”

14ymedio, Havana | 24 January 2021 — A decade ago, alternative art in Cuba had a name, Omni Zona Franca, and its heart beat in the Alamar neighborhood in eastern Havana. David Escalona, who calls himself David D Omni, was part of that group of multifaceted artists – musicians, poets, graffiti artists and performers. After … Continue reading ““The Party Reigns in Cuba in the Style of the Medieval Church””

“You Should Be the Ones Talking to Us, Not State Security”

14ymedio, Havana, 3 December 2020 — The following document is the result of comparing the notes taken by various people who were present and what was remembered by the participants. Published on the Facebook Page 27N (for ‘November 27’) , it is reproduced with their permission. They point out that “there were more statements in … Continue reading ““You Should Be the Ones Talking to Us, Not State Security””

Despite the Arrests and Pressures from Cuba’s Political Police, Independent Artists Gather

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 3 December 2020 — Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara was not the only one to be arrested this Wednesday. The harassment has continued in the last 24 hours against members of the San Isidro Movement and other independent artists. Tania Bruguera was also arrested on Wednesday afternoon when she was on her way to … Continue reading “Despite the Arrests and Pressures from Cuba’s Political Police, Independent Artists Gather”

Cuban Authorities Broke the Agreements with Artists, Denounces Tania Bruguera

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 30 November 2020 — Three of the five agreements reached on November 27 between independent artists and cultural authorities — beginning with the release of the young rapper Denis Solís, sentenced to eight months in jail for alleged contempt — did not last 24 hours, Tania Bruguera denounced in a press conference called … Continue reading “Cuban Authorities Broke the Agreements with Artists, Denounces Tania Bruguera”

"All of Us Cubans Who Live Abroad Are Political Exiles"

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 1 November 2019 — The filmmaker Eliecer Jiménez went on a trip to the United States five years ago to “catch a break,” but in the end he decided to stay in that country. This week he returned to Cuba invited by the Hanna Arendt Institute of Artivism (Instar) to exhibit … Continue reading “"All of Us Cubans Who Live Abroad Are Political Exiles"”

Two Literary Awards Announced for Cuban Authors

14ymedio, Havana, 19 June 2019 — Literature lovers have a double opportunity with the announcement of two new awards for Cuban authors. The Hannah Arendt  Institute of Artivism (INSTAR), directed by independent artist Tania Bruguera, has announced the first edition of the Manuel Moreno Fraginals award, which will be awarded to a critical essay on the Revolution. The … Continue reading “Two Literary Awards Announced for Cuban Authors”

Independent Cuban Films Continue to Make Headway Internationally / Lynn Cruz

Havana Times, Lynn Cruz, 23 August 2018 – When darkness seems to hang over us a little heavier, there is a truth that shines through: “The essential thing is to work, to create.” It has been over a year now since our documentary Nadie, which we tried to screen at a private venue: “Casa Galeria El … Continue reading “Independent Cuban Films Continue to Make Headway Internationally / Lynn Cruz”

Cuban Youth Losing Their Fear / Lynn Cruz

Lynn Cruz, Havana Times, 17 May 2018 — While high-ranking officials were driving their cars and locking themselves into air-conditioned offices, a group of artists realized a project (perhaps the most ambitious to date), the recently concluded #00 Havana Biennial. Outside of Cuba’s institutional establishment, it took place from May 5-15. Responses from state-led cultural … Continue reading “Cuban Youth Losing Their Fear / Lynn Cruz”