Arte de Conducta: On Tania Bruguera’s Tatlin’s Whisper Series

Chapter

Abstract

This chapter explores Tania Bruguera’s Tatlin’s Whisper series (2006–present) as enactments of an artistic practice that wants to be directly inserted in reality. First, I trace the genealogy of Arte de Conducta as a reaction against the Anglo-European category of “Performance” art, which anchors her work to a cultural tradition outside of the English-speaking context. Then, I discuss how Bruguera’s practice is informed by her engagement with the Escuela de Conducta Eduardo Marante, a short-lived correctional project that sought to re-educate and reintegrate Cuban youths into society. It concludes with an analysis of the Tatlin’s Whisper series and how they activate images from the past to catalyse a critical awareness of the now, and by extension of the future.

Keywords

Tania Bruguera Performance art Arte de Conducta Behaviour Art Free speech Cuba 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Art HistoryBridgewater State UniversityBridgewaterUSA

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