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Tania Bruguera Named Artist in Residence at NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

Randy Kennedy reports in the New York Times that the Cuban artist Tania Bruguera has been chosen as the first artist-in-residence for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. The yearlong residency will involve Bruguera helping the agency with their efforts to recruit undocumented immigrants for the city’s new municipal identification card program, IDNYC. The residency is supported with private money from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation as well as public money through the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

Bruguera was quoted as saying she hoped she could bring a sense of how art is “really an experience of making something that you imagine. For many immigrants, the first thing that’s taken away is their right to be political, but what’s also taken away is their ability to dream, to imagine their identity in creative ways.”