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Commies Threaten Artists

Discussion in 'Personal' started by artboyusa, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    Tania Bruguera Arrested Twice in Cuban Censorship Law Protests; Threatens to Go on Hunger Strike
    Bruguera was one of a number of artists protesting the controversial Decree 349 which critics say will censor and limit artistic freedom
    Artist and activist Tania Bruguera has been arrested in Cuba after attempting to stage a protest against a controversial decree that critics say will censor and limit artistic freedom in the country.
    The proposed new law, Decree 349, puts heavy restriction on creative freedom including the commercialization of work. It will allow the government to shut down concerts, galleries, art and book sales if they feature prohibited subjects, including the ambiguously classified ‘contents that are damaging to ethical and cultural values.’
    Bruguera, whose participatory installation, 10,146,323, is currently on view in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in London, was arrested shortly after leaving her home on Monday 3 December. She had intended to hold a protest at the Ministry of Culture, along with other artists, it was reported by Reuters.
    Bruguera was released later the same evening but immediately returned to the ministry to protest the arrest of other artists...

    Fears Grow for Tania Bruguera After Cuban Authorities Detain the Activist-Artist

    International support and concern is growing for Tania Bruguera and fellow Cuban artist-activists who were detained by police in Havana for peacefully protesting against a law increasing state censorship. The directors of the Tate and Tate Modern were quick to speak out in solidarity with the Cuban artists after news broke of their first detention on Monday, December 3....https://news.artnet.com/art-world/s...-bruguera-detention-cuban-authorities-1411030

    As Criminalization of the Arts Intensifies in Cuba, Activists Organize
    A Cuban decree seeks to censor artists to an unprecedented level, essentially regulating any and all artistic and cultural activity in the country.
    ...The Decree 349 ruling is backed by legislation that is hard to work around, allowing governments to shut down concerts, performances, galleries, and art and book sales if they do not comply with the strict list of prohibited subject matter. It also restricts artists from commercializing their work without government approval. The decree was published in Gaceta de Cuba on July 10 and is slated to go into effect on December 1 of this year.
    The 1976 Constitution of the Republic of Cuba includes the phrase, “artistic creativity is free as long as its content is not contrary to the Revolution.” The institution of Decree 349 puts a severe limitation on this definition of contrarian.
    The decree essentially grants the Cuban Republic complete control over independent artistic production in the private sector. Banned content includes:

    a) use of national symbols that contravene current legislation; b) pornography; c) violence; d) sexist, vulgar and obscene language; e) discrimination due to skin color, gender, sexual orientation, disability and any other harm to human dignity; f) that attempts against the development of childhood and adolescence; g) any other that violates the legal provisions that regulate the normal development of our society in cultural matters.

    All performances, public or private, need to be contracted by the government, and any artistic expression without adequate contracting (or found violating their contract, including getting too loud) are subject to penalizations including getting fined and “confiscation of instruments, equipment, accessories and other assets.” This legislation is to be carried out by inspectors appointed by the Cuban Ministry of Culture.
  2. Photo51

    Photo51 Established commenter

    It's because it's not real socialism.
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  3. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Lead commenter

    All these sorts of regimes seem very counterproductive. They are worried that there might be a popular uprising against them if certain images/messages are distributed so they make everything that is not under central control illegal thus disaffecting even more people and spreading fear about being punished severely for minor infringements.
  4. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    This bit sounds like it comes from the UK Criminal Justice Act.
  5. cariadwch

    cariadwch Established commenter

    Its very hard on artists. However some manage to work around authoritarian regimes to get a message across. like the Turkish 'standing man' - choreographer Erdem Gunduz


    Even Erdogan hasn't yet made standing still a crime.
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  6. rachel_g41

    rachel_g41 Established commenter

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  7. cariadwch

    cariadwch Established commenter

    As our public spaces are increasingly privatised and under intense surveillance, then public nuisance from artists is virtually impossible in British cities. All artistic expression in the UK must be authorised by the site owner in advance.
    sparkleghirl likes this.
  8. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    I think Naomi Klein warned about this in No Logo.
    As the traditional high street loses out to shiny new malls,a vital part of our public space disappears with it.

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