Tania Bruguera in conversation with Dr. Áine O’Brien
Artist Tania Bruguera researches ways in which art can be applied to everyday political life; focusing on the transformation of social affect into political effectiveness. Her long-term projects have been intensive interventions on the institutional structure of collective memory, education and politics. Bruguera has been awarded an Honoris Causa by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, selected as one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, and shortlisted for the #Index100 Freedom of Expression Award. She is also a Herb Alpert Award winner, a Hugo Boss Prize finalist, a Yale World Fellow and the first artist-in-residence in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA).
In 2018 and 2019, Bruguera created a number of interventions in Tate Modern, as part of her Hyundai Turbine Hall Commission. She brought together the Tate Neighbours, a group of people who live or work in the same postcode as the Tate Modern, to work with her and guide the project whilst exploring the role of the institution in the local area.
Tania was keynote speaker at Create’s National Networking Day 2019, held on the 26th September in Millenium Hall in Cork City. This issue of Create News is an edited transcript of the conversation between Tania and Dr. Áine O’Brien, Co-Director of Counterpoints Arts.