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Cuba cracks down on protestors with summary trials and prison sentences

Artists and writers are among those targeted by the government, causing human rights groups to raise an alarm about abuses

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Cuba

'Patria y Vida': anti-government protests sweep Cuba, as artist-led movement gains ground

The 11 June protests, the largest seen on the island in 30 years, were sparked by years of economic hardship and a lack of government support for its people

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Cuban artist Hamlet Lavastida, a vocal critic of the government's suppression of artistic freedom, arrested on return from artist residency in Germany

The 27N member's colleagues believe he may have been tried in absentia for subverting the Cuban government.

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Ahead of G7, Cuban artist Tania Bruguera addressed the Geneva Summit on Human Rights and Democracy

The activist spoke about her own experiences with state repression and the growing movement for political change in the country

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Cuban artists ask Museum of Fine Arts to remove their work from display while Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara remains in government custody

The San Isidro Movement founder was forcibly taken to a Havana hospital in early May eight days into a hunger strike protesting the government's clampdown on artist's rights

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Cuban dissident artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara taken to hospital by security forces eight days into a hunger strike

Otero Alcántara’s hunger strike and calls for free speech and artistic freedom in Cuba has drawn international attention

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Cuba

Cuban artists and intellectuals commemorate the 50th anniversary of poet Herberto Padilla's confession

The public confession, which came after 36 days of imprisonment, marked a pivotal moment in Cuba's oppression of voices critical of the government.

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Cuba

Despite Raúl Castro's retirement, Cuban artists don't believe the country will change any time soon

"As long as the Communist Party is in power, Cuba will be a ‘dictatorship’," some believe as Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel takes over leadership

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Cuba

A feeble congress and the raising up of poetry in Cuba

While the Eighth Congress of the Cuban Communist Party ignored the needs of the people, the activist group 27N published a manifesto encapsulating their aims for the future

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Cuba

Calls for 'art strike' against state-run cultural institutions in Cuba

Art professionals “on and off the island” are urged to stop working with state-run institutions that have been “complicit in their silence” as the government amps up efforts to squash dissent

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With the country labelled a ‘terror sponsor’ and the government claiming activists are CIA agents, Cuba's artists are stuck in the crossfire

Concerns for the cultural sector follow Trump’s parting shot at the country, and the Castro regime's growing efforts to discredit dissidents

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Cuban artists file motion to dismiss culture minister Alpidio Alonso after a peaceful protest turns violent

The activist group 27N cites a law that revokes an official’s power for conduct unbecoming public service in their petition to parliament

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Cuba

Tania Bruguera and members of Cuban artist-activist group 27N arrested in Havana

Footage from the protest also shows the Cuban minister of culture striking a journalist

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Tania Bruguera under house arrest in Cuba as anti-government protests escalate

Authorities are “building a case against” the artist, says sister

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Censorship

Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara released, but then placed under house arrest as protests in Havana continue

Support for the San Isidro Movement is growing, while Cuba’s government continues to retaliate against demonstrators calling for the release of jailed rapper Denis Solís González

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Hunger strike against Cuba's human rights abuses left artist in ‘critical condition’

Activists and artists were trapped in Havana building following demonstrations against police action

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Tania Bruguera reportedly detained by Cuban authorities hours before anti-racism protest in Havana

The artist’s final message posted on social media this morning was “they are taking me”

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Censorship

Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara arrested on way to a LGBTQ+ censorship protest

The artist will face a summary trial in ten days while activists say the arrest amounts to "state terrorism"

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Restitution

Trump opens door to restitution claims on art seized by Cuba

While the president is the first to allow Title III of Helms-Burton Act to be used, some whose collections were taken doubt it will have an impact

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Censorship

Tania Bruguera fights censorship by launching investigative journalism project in Cuba

The artist and activist, whose School of Integration runs at Manchester International Festival, will organise workshops and awards for new writers

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Cuba

Cuban artist builds a long and winding journey to nowhere

Wilfredo Prieto's public art comes out of his nomadic life as an artist

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Havana Biennial

Activist artist arrested on eve of Havana Biennial

As the cultural event gets under way, a Cuban-American artist is also blocked from entering Cuba

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Havana Biennial

Cuban galleries rebound as Havana Biennial opens

Dealers mount work that responds to political tensions while noting art is a 'difficult business' in Havana

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Cuba

Activists to stage alternative biennial in Havana

Independent artists groups plan to put Cuba's controversial Decree 349 to the test

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Biennials & festivals

Why we need an independent biennial in Havana

The San Isidro Group of Cuban artists explain their plans for the Bienal Sin 349

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Censorship

Protests against Cuba’s censorship law continue as Havana Bienal opening nears

A new report by the non-profit organisation Pen America calls for the repeal of Decree 349 while Cuban artists ask for solidarity from biennial participants

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Tania Bruguera

Tania Bruguera pulls out of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, vowing to stay in Cuba and fight censorship law Decree 349

The activist says that the government crackdown continues with the creation of a “cultural police”

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2018

Tania Bruguera and fellow artists released from Cuban jail

Cuba's culture ministry waters down Decree 349, a new controversial censorship law

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'Tania Bruguera's bravery always stands out': art world responds to Cuban artist's arrest

Activist is among several artists detained in Havana on Monday ahead of planned protest

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Censorship

Cuban activists issue manifesto against artistic censorship

Document denounces effort to ‘punish free creation’

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Biennials & festivals

Havana’s alternative #00Bienal ends on a defiantly optimistic note

The event’s organisers see success in the participants’ resistance to threats and intimidation from Cuba’s government

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Contemporary art

Después de Fidel: dissident art in Cuba flourishes after Castro’s death

Artist-run spaces and an unofficial biennial resist government pressure

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Havana Biennial opens as relations with US thaw

Local artists show alongside established international names, as collectors and exhibitors circumvent trade restrictions