Why is integration always the responsibility of the immigrant?
Manchester Art Gallery
Friday 5 July 2019–Saturday 20 July 2019
Free, some events require booking
School of Integration is a new commission by the leading Cuban artist and activist Tania Bruguera for Manchester International Festival 2019 and Manchester Art Gallery
Inverting the status quo, Tania Bruguera’s powerful, provocative and inspiring new work draws Manchester nearer to those who’ve made this city their home, inviting us to discover and embrace the diversity in our midst.
Local people originally from countries around the world will give free classes on a curriculum that includes languages, culture, ethics, politics, economics and many other forms of knowledge. These are not only instructional lessons, but something more personal and vivid. Every teacher will pass on his or her own experiences to anyone interested in developing new skills – resulting in a new kind of shared learning experience.
Open and free to all, School of Integration fosters cohesion and builds bridges of cultural understanding, encouraging us to eliminate the idea of strangeness and cherish a plurality of voices.
By inverting integration policies intended for migrants, I want to create a space for people in Manchester to experience the idea of transculturation as an alternative to traditional assimilation migration policies.
Tania Bruguera is a Cuban installation and performance artist. She lives and works between New York and Havana, and has participated in numerous international exhibitions. Her work is also in the permanent collections of many institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art and Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana.
Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and Manchester Art Gallery.
MIF19 runs from 4–21 July 2019 with artists from across the globe premiering a variety of new work in spaces throughout the city. For more details about this year’s programme, please visit mif.co.uk
From 100 hours reading of Hannah Arendt’s ‘The Origins of Totalitarianism’, courtesy of Estudio Bruguera and the Hannah Arendt International Institute for Artivism