As part of the Hyundai Turbine Hall Commission, Tania Bruguera will be in residency at Tate Exchange for the month of October. Bruguera is also Tate Exchange’s Lead Artist for its 2018-19 activity year, which is inspired by the theme of ‘movement’. Her residency at Tate Exchange addresses not just the physical movement of people, but the emotional journey from the far away and unknown ‘other’ to the close-by neighbour.
Bruguera has worked closely with Tate Exchange Associate Counterpoints Arts in the development of the programme. Counterpoints is a leading national organisation in the field of arts, migration and social change with a mission to support and produce the arts by and about migrants and refugees, seeking to ensure that their contributions are recognized and welcomed within British arts, history and culture.
Programme details will be released soon.
About Tania Bruguera
Best known for her politically-engaged projects and activism, Bruguera makes work that addresses institutional power, borders and migration. She has established a unique concept for her political approach to art – Arte Util (useful art) – one that has continued to be developed during her Hyundai Commission and will continue with Tate Exchange.
Over the past 20 years, Bruguera has become renowned for creating art that addresses major political concerns, often taking the form of a political or social action. Her work questions the nature of power structures, behaviours and values. She has consistently argued for art’s role as a useful agent of real change in the world, while using the museum as an active forum for public debate.
Bruguera’s previous projects have included the Cátedra Arte de Conducta (Behaviour Art School), an institution that existed in Havana from 2003 to 2009, and the recently opened Hannah Arendt International Institute for Artivism in Havana. Her work Tatlin’s Whisper #5, 2008, which involves two mounted police officers performing crowd-control exercises inside the museum, is one of the major performance works in Tate’s collection. In 2012 Bruguera was also in residence at Tate Modern with her ongoing project Immigrant Movement International, in which visitors were required to line up and pass a lie detector test based on questions from the UK immigration form before being granted access to the Tanks.