Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, discusses the idea—derived in part from the work of exiled Brazilian psychoanalyst Suely Rolnik—that artworks can “free” the viewer from historical trauma and point toward a brighter future by allowing the body to reclaim its powers of expression. He describes Tania Bruguera’s 2009 performance Tatlin’s Whisper #6 (Havana Version) which addresses the restriction of free speech in Cuba through allusion to Fidel Castro’s first speech in Havana after the triumph of the revolution in 1959. [June 2014]


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