Arte de Conducta: On Tania Bruguera’s Tatlin’s Whisper Series

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This chapter explores Tania Bruguera’s Tatlin’s Whisper series (2006-present) as enactments of an artistic practice that wants to be directly inserted in reality. First, I trace the genealogy of Arte de Conducta as a reaction against the Anglo-European category of “Performance” art, which anchors her work to a cultural tradition outside of the English-speaking context. Then, I discuss how Bruguera’s practice is informed by her engagement with the Escuela de Conducta Eduardo Marante, a short-lived correctional project that sought to re-educate and reintegrate Cuban youths into society. It concludes with an analysis of the Tatlin’s Whisper series and how they activate images from the past to catalyse a critical awareness of the now, and by extension of the future.

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Montenegro Rosero, A.D. (2017). Arte de Conducta: On Tania Bruguera’s Tatlin’s Whisper Series. In C. Bonham-Carter & N. Mann (Eds.), Rhetoric, Social Value and the Arts, (pp. 85-106). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-45297-5_6