Tania Bruguera: Arte Util
Tania Bruguera is a leading political and performance artist researching ways in which art applies to everyday political life by transforming social affect into political effectiveness. To define her practice she uses the terms arte de conducta (conduct/behavior art), Arte Útil (Useful Art), political timing specific, and aesthetics. Bruguera is currently working on the political representation of migrants through her long-term project Immigrant Movement International.
Bruguera's work is featured in the books Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism; Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present; Artificial Hells Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship; among others. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Artforum, Kunstforum, Texte Zur Kunst, Frieze, Oxford Journals, and the New York Times, and Le Monde. Bruguera received the Meadow Prize, a National Museum of Wales Award, the AICA Best Show in a University Gallery Award, a Prince Claus Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among others.
She is a graduate of the M.F.A. program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Instituto Superior de Arte, and is currently a faculty member at ENSBA, Paris and Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.