Tania Bruguera wins Tate Modern Turbine Hall commission


Mark Brown (The Guardian) reports that Tania Bruguera, the Cuban performance artist known for politically charged work, will undertake the 2018 commission at the Tate Modern, from October 2, 2018, until February 24, 2019.

An artist who has used mounted police officers to corral gallery visitors and, on another occasion, required museum-goers to pass an immigration lie detector test, is to be Tate Modern’s next commission for the Turbine Hall.

The Hyundai commission, formerly the Unilever commission, is one of the most prestigious in contemporary art. It is also one of the most daunting, given the size of the space and its profile.

[. . .] In one of her earliest works, The Burden of Guilt, Bruguera stood naked with a headless lamb carcass hanging from her neck and ate dirt. It was inspired by the stories of Cuban indigenous people who killed themselves by eating dirt to avoid capture by the Spanish. On another occasion, also naked and wearing a carcass, she pulled sheep through the streets of Ghent, in Belgium, with a bit between her teeth.

In 2016, Bruguera announced that she would run for president of Cuba when Raul Castro steps down.

[. . .] Tate owns the Bruguera work Tatlin’s Whisper #5, a performance piece that requires two mounted police officers, one on a black horse, the other on a white horse. They use crowd control techniques that might be used at a football match or a political demonstration to corral gallery visitors. It was last seen at Tate when it opened its extension in June 2016.

Bruguera was at Tate Modern in 2012 with her ongoing project Immigrant Movement International when visitors had to line up and pass a lie detector test based on UK immigration questions before being given access to the gallery’s Tanks space. [. . .]

For full article, see https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/feb/21/tania-bruguera-wins-tate-modern-turbine-hall-commission


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