Tania Bruguera - Latin America New York Thursday, November 21, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Antwerp, Vera van Laer Gallery, Recent Work, 1999

  • Literature

    Y. Wood, "La aventura del silencio en Tania Bruguera", ArteCubano, Vol. 3, 2000, p. 4 (illustrated)
    D. Perlmutter, "La estética del sacrificio: Rituales de sangre desde el arte hasta el asesinato", ArteCubano, Vol. 1, 2003, p. 64 (illustrated)
    S. A. C. Berger and A. Winkler, eds., Cuba: Arte contemporáneo, New York: Overlook Press, 2012, p. 49 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Uniformes (Uniforms) is associated with El peso de la culpa (The Burden of Guilt), a performance work presented by Bruguera in the 1990s. It took as its theme the treatment of indigenous Cubans at the hands of the Spaniards. The hanging carcasses depicted in Uniformes served as a visual prelude to the performance itself. In a talk presented in Madrid in 2010, Bruguera described El peso de la culpa as "a social excavation in which I retook former stories and relocated them. In this case, the place was our country and the story was that of the Cuban Indians who died in collective suicides under the Spanish oppression. Since at the time I had not yet solved the problem of documentation, I tried to see if I could do it through the exhibition of the stronger element in the piece. This was Uniformes."

  • Artist Biography

    Tania Bruguera

    Cuban • 1968

    Tania Bruguera began her study of art at age twelve in Havana at the experimental Escuela Elemental de Artes Plásticas and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Bruguera has developed a unique body of performative art that deals with reality and the present rather than with traditional modes of representation. This approach revolutionized the performance genre, allowing viewers to experience a living memory of social activism where the artist blurs the borders between art and life.

    Bruguera's performances explore immigrant rights and serve as a biting critique of the Cuban existence since the triumph of the supposed revolution. Bruguera's conceptual art, which she calls arte útil, achieves a tangible social and political impact and has led to her recognition through numerous awards. In 2014, Bruguera was famously arrested and subsequently detained in Cuba for almost a year following her attempt to restage her famous piece Tatlin's Whisper #6, which originally gave Cuban citizens a platform for free speech during the 2009 Havana Biennial.

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chromogenic print
21 x 24 in. (53.3 x 61 cm.)
Signed, numbered and dated "Tania Bruguera 1998 3/5" on label affixed to the reverse of the frame. This work is number 3 from an edition of 5.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $13,750

Contact Specialist
Laura González
Head of Latin America Sale
+ 1 212 940 1216

Latin America

New York 21 November 2013 4pm