Site (Trans)Formation and Decolonial Praxis in Cuban Civic Art: Exploring Digital and Analog Approaches

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2023

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Life in Cuba is largely defined by el Partido Comunista de Cuba’s (PCC) tradition of governance. Since the ratification of Decree 349 in 2018 – a law that punitively curtails freedom of expression – Cuba has witnessed an upsurge in publicly staged resistance. The emergence of several artist-led, non-partisan civic groups, united by their fight for human rights, exemplifies this. Two prominent examples are el Movimiento San Isidro (MSI) and 27N. This thesis investigates how the artistic interventions of MSI, 27N, and their members can be understood as decolonial praxis. To navigate and convey this argument and its associated logics, this thesis employs a two-part methodological approach: exploratory mapping in digital and analog forms, as well as critical feminist and queer phenomenological analysis that is woven with Doreen Massey’s relational spatial theory.

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Fitzpatrick, Savannah (2023). Site (Trans)Formation and Decolonial Praxis in Cuban Civic Art: Exploring Digital and Analog Approaches. Master's thesis, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/30239.

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