The jury of the Velázquez Prize for Plastic Arts has awarded Tania bruguera with the award corresponding to 2021. The jury has justified the ruling “for his rigorous performative activism and especially attentive to socio-political contextual dynamics “.
“His review of the modalities of the art of behavior that involve a dynamic of participation and questioning of traditional ways of behaving in public space has been valued.“, added the jury.
This award has been granted by the Ministry of Culture and Sports since 2002 to recognize the totality of the work of a creator in the field of visual arts in any of its manifestations to Spanish creators or those of the States that make up the Ibero-American Community of Nations. It is endowed with 100,000 euros.
Bruguera (Havana, Cuba, 1968) trained in Havana and the Art Institute of Chicago. Throughout his career he has participated in international artistic events such as documenta de Kassel, and the biennials of Venice, São Paulo, Shanghai and Havana, among others, as well as in museums, galleries and art centers such as Tate Modern (London), Santa Monica Museum of Art; Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum (Netherlands), Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center (Havana) and New Museum (New York).
She has been recognized with international awards such as the Guggenheim Scholarship (USA), the Prince Claus Prize (Netherlands) and the Meadows Prize (USA), among others. His work as a political artist is developed in the field of performance.
A staunch defender of the intervention of art in society and its transformative power, her works focus on issues related to power and control. Her defense of freedom of expression through her performances or her protests has led her to direct confrontations with the established power on different occasions.