Tania Bruguera at MoMA
Untitled –Havana, 2000
This piece is steeped Inside the cultural history of Cuba under the rule of Fidel Castro. Tania Bruguera addresses a time ripe with atrocities and political unrest. For me this piece had a very powerful impact due to the way the experience completely enveloped all of your senses. From what I can tell the space constructed inside the MoMA building is almost identical to the space where it was first shown. After waiting In a line for three hours I was finally permitted to enter the exhibition. From the bleach white light of the exterior space, you enter a concrete slab doorway almost three feet deep on all sides. You are unable to see where your going as your eyes adjust. The dry sugarcane at your feet is soft, and makes your throat scratch. A projection of Castro plays in a screen overhead in the center of the space. The only light other then the doorway. Upon walking back, with the light of the door as an exit beacon, the nude figures are exposed in clear sight. Each moves in a restricted manor, each look very uncomfortable. Upon exiting I had to take a moment to decompress and walked around looking at other works, though this piece I couldn’t get out of my mind.