The Alberta College of Art + Design’s Illingworth Kerr Gallery announces artist and activist Tania Bruguera as second speaker and mentor for Public Art and Social Practice workshop series

Tania Bruguera, the artist who is currently running for the Presidency of Cuba, is coordinating a global movement in support of the immigrants’ civil and political rights. She recently founded the Institute of Artivism (Art+Activism) named after Hannah Arendt in Havana, Cuba and will speak in Calgary about the role that art and artists can play in today’s society.

Calgary, AB – The Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG) as part of ACAD invites you to attend a public art and social practice talk by internationally acclaimed artist Tania Bruguera at the Glenbow Theatre on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 6 p.m. The event is free and the theatre has a limited capacity, so guests are asked to arrive early to secure a seat. This presentation is kindly supported by the Glenbow Museum.

Tania Bruguera is one of the best known contemporary artists of her generation. Born 1968 in Cuba, Bruguera has long operated at the intersection of art and life, exploring the role that the artist and art can play in today’s society and in the realm of politics.

For over 25 years Bruguera has created socially-engaged performances and installations that examine the nature of political power structures and their effect on the lives of society's most vulnerable individuals and groups. Her research focuses on ways in which art can be applied to the everyday political life; on the transformation of social affect into political effectiveness. Her long-term projects are intensive interventions on the institutional structure of collective memory, education and politics. Her works often expose the social effects of political forces and present global issues of power, migration, censorship and repression through participatory works that turn “viewers” into “citizens.” By creating proposals and aesthetic models for others to use and adapt, she defines herself as an initiator rather than an author, and often collaborates with multiple institutions as well as many individuals so that the full realization of her artwork occurs when others adopt and perpetuate it. Awarded an Honoris Causa by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, selected one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, shortlisted for the #Index100 Freedom of Expression Award, a Herb Alpert Award winner, a Radcliffe and Yale World Fellow, and the first artist-in-residence in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

The public talk is part of the Public Art and Social Practice workshop series aimed at the professional development of local artists, and is jointly offered by the Illingworth Kerr Gallery and The City of Calgary Public Art Program.  

WHO: Artist, Speaker and mentor Tania Bruguer

WHEN: Public talk: Thursday, January 19, 2017, at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Glenbow Theatre – Glenbow, 130 9th Avenue SE, Calgary (AB)

The third and final speaker in the series is Jeanne Van Heesjwick. She is giving a public talk on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Future details will be announced shortly.


For more information:

Steven Hodges

Communications + Engagement Specialist

Alberta College of Art + Design
(office) 403-284-7656            (cell) 403-464-5183

About The Public Art and Social Practice workshop series

As part of its commitment to provide a variety of opportunities for artists, The City of Calgary Public Art Program, in collaboration with Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG), is offering a Public Art and Social Practice workshop series. Internationally renowned artists Alfredo Jaar, Tania Bruguera and Jeanne van Heeswijk will each present a free public lecture and lead a two-day workshop for a selected group of Calgary artists.

The City of Calgary Public Art + Social Practice Workshop Series

About the Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG)

IKG is a world-class exhibition space and flexible platform for critical enquiry and theoretical debate with a focus on visual culture. The gallery acts as an interface between the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) and the broader community. IKG is the longest-running international art program in Calgary, and a vital component of the city’s cultural ecology.

About the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD)

Founded in 1926, ACAD has been a major contributor to Canada’s visual culture in the 20th century, with many of its graduates gaining significant national and international reputations as artists, designers and creative leaders. With an annual grant of just over $12 million, an annual budget of $20.6 million and employing over 200 staff, ACAD provides accredited degree standard education and learning opportunities to 1,200 students enrolled in full- and part-time studies in a wide range of art, craft and design studio disciplines. This year marked a major milestone for ACAD. In addition to offering credentialed undergraduate degrees in a variety of program areas, the College launched its first graduate program, a Masters of Fine Art in Craft Media, making it the only college in the Province to offer and confer university-level undergraduate and now, graduate degree programs.