Tania Bruguera leaves UNEAC and returns her National Culture Award / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 5 January 2014 – This Monday, the Cuban artist Tania Bruguera returned the National Culture Award (Distinción por la Cultura Nacional) she received in 2002, and decided to renounce her membership in the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC). “I can not receive recognition from, nor be part of, an … Continue reading “Tania Bruguera leaves UNEAC and returns her National Culture Award / 14ymedio”

Tania Bruguera released / 14ymedio

14ymedio, 2 January 2014 — The #YoTambienExijo.(I Also Demand) platform announced this Friday afternoon the release of the artist Tania Bruguera from the Acosta y Diez de Octubre Police Station. According to the platform, “Bruguera is already in her family’s apartment in El Vedado, she is going to rest right now and be with her mother.” … Continue reading “Tania Bruguera released / 14ymedio”

Hundreds of Artists Address a Letter to Raul Castro To Seek the Release of Tania Bruguera / 14ymedio

14YMEDIO, 2 January 2014 – As of right now, almost 300 artists have signed an open letter to President Raul Castro to petition for the release of Tania Bruguera and the other activists arrested after the performance organized by the artist last Tuesday, December 30. The initiative comes from Cuauhtemoc Medina (curator and critic of … Continue reading “Hundreds of Artists Address a Letter to Raul Castro To Seek the Release of Tania Bruguera / 14ymedio”

Tania Bruguera Under Arrest at Acosta Police Station in Diez de Octubre, Havana / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 30 december 2014 — Contacted by phone at her home, the director of 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, said that Tania Bruguera was under arrest at the Acosta Police Station in the Diez de Octubre municipality in Havana. Reinaldo Escobar was released from the same station Tuesday night at 10:00 pm. Escobar affirmed that he … Continue reading “Tania Bruguera Under Arrest at Acosta Police Station in Diez de Octubre, Havana / 14ymedio”

Querido Raul, Dear Obama, Querido Pope Francis / 14ymedio, Tania Bruguera

14ymedio, Tania Bruguera, Vatican City, 18 December 2014 – First of all I congratulate you because a historic moment is what is always expected of political men and this moment has been 17 December 2014. You have entered into history by arguing that the embargo/blockade is an apparently empty word, by changing – with the … Continue reading “Querido Raul, Dear Obama, Querido Pope Francis / 14ymedio, Tania Bruguera”

Tania is so very Tania / Yoani Sánchez

I remember well the day of the Havana Biennial when Tania Bruguera, in her performance titled Tatlin’s Whisper, installed a pair of microphones so that anyone could enjoy one minute of freedom from the podium. Shortly afterward, this irreverent and universal artist went to Columbia and shocked everyone when — as a performance — she … Continue reading “Tania is so very Tania / Yoani Sánchez”

‘They Have Chosen to Support Repression. We Denounce It.’

14ymedio, Havana, 10 October 2022 — Members of the independent Cuban intellectual and artistic community have signed a manifesto in which they accuse the Cuban Government of “lack of political will” to manage the “accumulated needs of the population” and “their human desire for freedom.” The letter “From Cuban artists and intellectuals to Cuban citizens … Continue reading “‘They Have Chosen to Support Repression. We Denounce It.’”

Cuban Otero Alcantara Wins the Impact Award from the Dutch Prince Claus Foundation

14ymedio, Madrid, 6 September 2022 — The artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, leader of the San Isidro Movement (MSI), is one of the winners of the Impact awards of the Prince Claus Foundation in the Netherlands, which every two years recognizes cultural professionals around the world, not only for their work but for their “positive … Continue reading “Cuban Otero Alcantara Wins the Impact Award from the Dutch Prince Claus Foundation”

‘Outsider’ Cuban Plastic Artists Exhibit Their ‘Hidden Art’ in Miami

EFE (via 14ymedio), Miami, 27 August 2022 — The National Art Exhibitions of the Mentally Ill (Naemi) Foundation, focused on so-called “outsider art,” inaugurates a new exhibition this Saturday in Miami with works by renowned “marginal” artists, such as the Cubans Jorge Alberto Cadi El Buzo and Misleidys Castillo. The exhibition Ousider Art: Revealing Masters of … Continue reading “‘Outsider’ Cuban Plastic Artists Exhibit Their ‘Hidden Art’ in Miami”

Cuban Writers in Exile Celebrate Their 25th Anniversary with PEN International

EFE (via 14ymedio), Jorge I. Pérez, Miami, 25 August 2022 — The PEN Club of Cuban Writers in Exile, a subsidiary of PEN International, celebrates its 25th anniversary this Saturday with a new book about its history and the “stigma” of being a “political organization” financed by the United States, something that according to its … Continue reading “Cuban Writers in Exile Celebrate Their 25th Anniversary with PEN International”

State TV Newscaster Humberto Lopez Accuses Cuban Exiles of Being Behind Acts of Vandalism

14ymedio, Havana, 13 August 2022 — In the midst of the growing reaction against the Cuban government for the deaths in the Matanzas Supertanker Base fire of several young people who were doing military service, regime spokesman Humberto López, in an attempt to appease the indignation of relatives and the solidarity of thousands towards those … Continue reading “State TV Newscaster Humberto Lopez Accuses Cuban Exiles of Being Behind Acts of Vandalism”

Three Blows to the Agreement for Political Dialogue and Cooperation Between Cuba and the EU / Dimas Castellano

Dimas Castellano, 7 July 2021 — The democratization of Cuba, a Western country laboring under a totalitarian government in the twenty-first century, is an urgent necessity. Cubans, who lack the space and freedom to participate as agents of that change, require international support. After 25 years of mutual relations, the European Union (EU) has shown … Continue reading “Three Blows to the Agreement for Political Dialogue and Cooperation Between Cuba and the EU / Dimas Castellano”

Cuban State Security and its Operation Babel

14medio, Yunior García Aguilera, Madrid, 8 June 2022 — The Biblical story relates that, shortly after the universal flood, humanity spoke a single language and wanted to erect a tower so high that it reached the sky. Such arrogance aroused the wrath of the God of the Old Testament, who used a sui generis strategy … Continue reading “Cuban State Security and its Operation Babel”

Filmmakers, Writers, Artists in Cuba Denounce State ‘Judicial Violence’ in a Letter

14ymedio, Havana, 21 March 2022 — To the massive protests of July 11 and 12, 2021, the Cuban government responded “with disproportionate and methodical political and judicial violence, which far exceeds the specific and spontaneous episodes of violence committed during the uprising by a few citizens,” denounced a group of Cuban artists and intellectuals in … Continue reading “Filmmakers, Writers, Artists in Cuba Denounce State ‘Judicial Violence’ in a Letter”