Hear Chantal Mouffe and Tania Bruguera discuss the role of affects in politics and the role of artistic practices in this field. Mouffe will be speaking to Bruguera on her recent book For a Left Populism, with Bruguera drawing on her own experiences as an artist and activist and her recent work in Cuba to get decree 349 reconsidered.
Tania Bruguera (born 1968) is a Cuban installation and performance artist. She lives and works between New York and Havana, and has participated in numerous international exhibitions. Her work is also in the permanent collections of many institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art and Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana and Tate. Tania Bruguera engages with 'the role of emotions in politics'. Her main concerns are institutional power, borders and migration. Her work spans performance, events, action, film, installation, sculpture, writing and teaching alongside site-specific works. Often, she sets out to cause change through her work. She calls this approach Arte Útil (useful art), in which people engage as users rather than spectators.
Chantal Mouffe is Professor of Political Theory at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster in London. She has taught and researched in many universities in Europe, North America and South America and she is a corresponding member of the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris. She is the editor of Gramsci and Marxist Theory (Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, 1979), Dimensions of Radical Democracy: Pluralism, Citizenship, Community (Verso, London, 1992) Deconstruction and Pragmatism ( Routledge, 1996)and The Challenge of Carl Schmitt, ( Verso, London, 1999);the co-author with Ernesto Laclau of Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics ( Verso, London, 1985) and the author of The Return of the Political ( Verso, London, 1993) The Democratic Paradox (Verso, London, 2000) On the Political (Routledge. London, 2005) , Agonistics: Thinking the World Politically (Verso, 2013), with Inigo Errejon, Podemos: In the Name of the People (Lawrence & Wishart, 2016) and For a Left Populism ( Verso 2019).