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The Museum of Dissidence, 2018 Freedom of Expression Arts Fellow

23 Apr 2018
BY INDEX ON CENSORSHIP

The Museum of Dissidence is a public art project and website celebrating dissent in Cuba. Set up in 2016 by acclaimed artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara and curator Yanelys Nuñez Leyva, their aim is to reclaim the word “dissident” and give it a positive meaning in Cuba. The museum organises radical public art projects and installations, concentrated in the poorer districts of Havana. Their fearlessness in opening dialogues and inhabiting public space has led to fierce repercussions: Nuñez was sacked from her job and Otero arrested and threatened with prison for being a “counter-revolutionary.” Despite this, they persist in challenging Cuba’s restrictions on expression.

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Yanelys Nuñez Leyva and Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara. The Museum of Dissidence2018 Freedom of Expression Awards at Metal, Chalkwell Park, Essex. Update: All arrested artists have now been released, although they remain under police surveillance. Cuba's vice minister of culture Fernando Rojas has told the Associated Press that changes will be made to Decree 349 but has [...]

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