Tate Modern Hyundai Commission
Photo: Tate Modern
Courtesy of Estudio Bruguera
On entering the gallery, a five-digit number is stamped on your hand, which shows an ever-increasing figure: the number of people who migrated from one country to another added to the number of migrant deaths recorded so far this year. Though seeing nothing in the gallery, you may feel your eyes stimulated and have tears.
The menthol-filled gallery is designed to make people cry, challenging those who do not easily become emotional with quantified information of the global issue. '
Tears induced intentionally indicates a kind of hidden emotions which we are not even aware of. The work attempts to connect objective data and real feelings, not simply through visual information but also through human perception by means of 'forced empathy'.
- Born 1968 in Havana, Cuba
- Based in Havana, Cuba / New York, USA
Tania Bruguera created performances and installations aiming for social change from a young age. She exposes political forces and presents global issues of migration, censorship, and repression through participatory work. For over 25 years her activity has involved cooperation with individuals and institutions, and so Bruguera defines herself as an "initiator" rather than a creator. In 10,148,451, visitors have an eight-digit number stamped on their arm. This number, which is always increasing, acknowledges the number of migrants in the world. Visitors continue into a chamber filled with tear-inducing vapor; the artist uses what she describes as "forced empathy" to physically make visitors cry even if they don't feel connected to the abstract number stamped on their arm. In this way, her political work mobilizes spectators to act as active citizens.
Selected Works & Awards
|2018||10,148,451, Tate Modern Hyundai Commission, London, UK|
|2018||Untitled(Havana, 2000), the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA|
|2015||56th Venice Biennial, All the World’s Futures, Venice, Italy|
|2014||Under the Same Sun, Guggenheim Museum New York, USA|
|2012||Immigrant Movement International, Tate Modern, London, UK|
|2002||Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany|
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