On the 27th of November, 2020, more than 300 artists, intellectuals, and Cuban citizens presented themselves at the Ministry of Culture to demand the government follow through on their supposed commitment to freedom and civil rights. This protest came as a result of police violence exerted the previous day against members of the San Isidro Movement—an activist group who over the course of the past few years has been vocal in demanding greater freedom of expression in Cuba. Using social media as a tool to bring awareness to their cause, they have sparked renewed attention and urgency in calling for an end to government censorship and repression against all artists, intellectuals, and activists in Cuba. This community adopted the name 27N and together have staged peaceful protests asking for freedom of artistic expression in the face of government repression.*
MOCA x 27N
Thursday, January 7.
4 pm on the West Coast; 7 pm East Coast.
From top: Tania Bruguera poster image—with quote by José Martí—courtesy and © the artist; Bruguera, Poetic Justice, 2002–2003; Bruguera, The Francis Effect, 2014; Bruguera, Tatlin’s Whisper # 6, 2009; 27N in Havana, photograph by Reynier Leyva Novo, courtesy and © the photographer and 27N. Artwork images © Tania Bruguera, courtesy of the artist.