• Born 1978 in Havana, Cuba
  • Based in Havana, Cuba / New York, USA
  • Photo: Claudio Fuentes
  • Courtesy of Estudio Bruguera

Tania Bruguera created performances and installations aiming for social change from a young age. She exposes political forces and presents global issues of migration, censorship, and repression through participatory work. For over 25 years her activity has involved cooperation with individuals and institutions, and so Bruguera defines herself as an “initiator” rather than a creator. In 10,148,451, visitors have an eight-digit number stamped on their arm. This number, which is always increasing, acknowledges the number of migrants in the world. Visitors continue into a chamber filled with tear-inducing vapor; the artist uses what she describes as “forced empathy” to physically make visitors cry even if they don’t feel connected to the abstract number stamped on their arm. In this way, her political work mobilizes spectators to act as active citizens.

Selected Works

10,148,451, Tate Modern Hyundai Commission, London, UK
Untitled(Havana, 2000), the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
56th Venice Biennial, All the World’s Futures, Venice, Italy
Under the Same Sun, Guggenheim Museum New York, USA
Immigrant Movement International, Tate Modern, London, UK
Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany
  • 10,148,451, 2018
  • Tate Modern Hyundai Commission
  • Photo: Tate Modern
  • Courtesy of Estudio Bruguera