Freed artist Tania Bruguera discussing legal action

Tania Bruguera. Photo via Artes Mundi

Artist Tania Bruguera, who was one of the 50 activists detained by the Cuban government last week for campaigning for freedom of speech, and was released on Friday, after three arrests in one week, according to a report in The New York Times, is now discussing legal action. The artist was detained for the third time prior to a planned open mic performance in Havana’s Revolution Square, on 30 December 2014, in which she intended to invite Cubans to speak about their hopes for the country, as a way of testing the appetite for change following the recent thawing of diplomatic relations with the US. 

The artist is said to be in discussions with legal representatives to bring a case before the Cuban courts and international bodies including the United Nations Commission on Human RightsThe Art Newspaper has reported. The story, taken from Miami news website, also reports that Bruguera has said that she was told by an official from the Ministry of Interior not to come to the Havana Biennial (22 May–22 June 2015) and if she did, not to perform.

5 January 2015