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Tania Bruguera:
El Peso de la Culpa

(The Burden of Guilt)

Performance on 4 May 1997 at the artist's home in Old-Havana

Tania was standing before a Cuban flag which she had herself woven from human hair, a butchered lamb hung around her neck. She spent approximately 45 minutes mixing Cuban soil with water and eating it. As she later explained, this performance was an allusion to a suicide-ritual practiced by the island's natives. By eating large quantities of earth, many took their own lives when faced with the threat of the Spanish conquistadores.

Her house was opened to the street, and her audience therefore included Biennial visitors from all over the world as well as people from the neighborhood and the bar across the way.
Tania Bruguera
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Tania Bruguera - biographical notes

Born in 1968 in Havana, graduated in 1992 from the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havanna. Exhibitions and performances since 1986. She represented Cuba at the XXIII Biennial of São Paulo in 1996.

Coco Fusco - Performance

Simultaneous with Tania, in a back-room of the house, Coco Fusco presented her performance »The Last Wish«, which was dedicated to her grandmother.
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