Tania Bruguera’s work crosses art and activism to highlight the nature of political upheaval, create real space for freedom of expression within situations of oppression, and seeks new tactics to engender global rights and citizenship for migrants. An attempted 2014 staging of her work Tatlin’s Whisper, a temporary platform allowing citizens 60 seconds of uncensored public speech, in Plaza de la Revolucion in Havana, led to her imprisonment and interrogation by the Cuban authorities.
Bruguera held a conversation with Saskia Sassen, urban sociologist and long-time Theatrum Mundi collaborator. Sassen’s work on global migration in her recent book Expulsions highlights the devastating socioeconomic and physical conditions under which citizens across the world are literally expelled from their livelihoods and living spaces. Her ongoing interest in the “Global Street” focuses on the capabilities of cities, and particularly everyday streets, to be the spaces in which disempowered migrants can make a history and a culture for themselves.
Photo: THE FRANCIS EFFECT is courtesy Studio Bruguera