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Cuba’s Campaign Against Artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara (Hyperallergic, 19 September 2019)

The treatment of Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara is emblematic of a struggle in Cuba over who defines and controls art and culture.

19 Sep 2019
BY INDEX ON CENSORSHIP

Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, a self-taught artist of colour from a humble background in Cuba, has been the target of an ongoing campaign of intimidation and harassment for the past two years. The independent artist, who is targeted for challenging the Cuban government, has been forcibly disappeared by Cuban police on numerous occasions, sometimes for hours and other times for days. Most recently, on the night of September 12, Otero Alcantara was arrested while standing outside the Taller Gorría Gallery near his home. According to neighbours who witnessed the arrest, several police officers and plain-clothed security agents beat him as they took him away. Read the article in full.

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