A Fair Land Artist Talk: Tania Bruguera

21.08.2016 / 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Johston Suite, IMMA – Irish Museum of Modern Art. Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland.
Artist Talk

A Fair Land Artist Talk: Tania Bruguera

A Fair Land: Reinvent/Discuss/Debate
This talk is part of a series of daily talks by project participants and invited speakers, that is intended to prompt discussion about the function of creativity in our lives, alternative perspectives on living, and the elemental things we need in our individual lives. #AFairLand

Tania Brugera is one of the international artists visiting Dublin as part of A Fair Landproject. To mark this rare occasion Brugera will give a talk about her practice with Adam Sutherland (Director Grizedale Arts) at IMMA and together they will reflected on their ideas on the usefulness of art in society.

This talk draws on Brugueras consistent exploration of the promise and failings of the Cuban Revolution in performances that provoke viewers to consider the political realities masked by government propaganda and mass-media interpretation. Advancing the concept of arte util (literally, useful art; art as a benefit and a tool) she proposes solutions to sociopolitical problems through the implementation of art, and has developed long-term projects that include a community center and a political party for immigrants, and a school for behaviour art. Bruguera created the Arte Util Association in January 2011 to provide a platform to meet, exchange ideas, and share strategies on how to deal with the issues of implementing the merger of art into society.

Presented in partnership with CREATE, the National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts. This is a free but ticketed event as places are strictly limited.

Further Information

Tania Bruguera

Tania Bruguera is an artist who researches ways in which art can be applied to the everyday political life; focusing on the transformation of social affect into political effectiveness. She participated in the Documenta 11 exhibition and also established the Arte de Conducta (Behavior Art) program at Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. Her work has been shown in the 2015 Venice Biennale, at Tate Modern, London, Guggenheim and MoMA, New York, among others.In May 2015, she opened the Instituto de Artivismo Hannah Arendt in Havana. Tania is currently the first artist-in-residence in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA). She lives and works in New York and Havana.  

Adam Sutherland 

Adam Sutherland is currently the director of Grizedale Arts a public art agency in the Lake District of England. Trained as an artist with an early career being principally working with communities and collectives before moving into more formally constituted organisations as creative and executive director his work has always been centred on the use of creativity in everyday life, problem solving and enhancement of the day to day. This notion underpins a belief in personal and community self-determination and the creative impulse as a way to negotiate a better way to live. Grizedale arts is a commissioning and residency centred organisation remotely and rurally located on a productive small holding, the organisation works as a collective on very local programme of everyday activities principally in the local community and the village hall complex they have been instrumental in renewing. The organisation also works on international projects in the art world bringing the village community into an exchange that revitalises both the function of art and the role of the artist. Website http://www.grizedale.org/