As the U.S. and Cuba restore diplomatic ties, artists in Cuba continue to face censorship by a socialist government. When artist Tania Bruguera attempted to stage a performance art piece last winter in response to the reopening of diplomatic relations announcement, she was stopped and detained. She had no problem organizing the same performance in 2009. Other artists censor themselves, keeping in mind what will pass and what will not with the Cuban government.
In this video and educational resource from PBS NewsHour, students explore Cuba’s booming art market, as well as the challenges Cuban artists face, like the limits on free expression that remain in the country.