Why is integration always the responsibility of the immigrant?
Manchester Art Gallery
Friday 5 July 2019–Sunday 1 September 2019
Free, some events require booking
While School of Integration classes are now over and the exhibition is temporarily closed, every lesson was filmed and will shortly be screened in the exhibition space until 1 September. Lesson materials – which range from recipes for at least 3 kinds of dumpling to instructions for making an augmented reality magic wand or to the history of the art of the Indus valley – will also be available to take away.
A new kind of shared learning experience
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.
The School of Integration humanizes the faceless immigrants that the public are so often taught to fear, spurring a change of outlook.
Neelam Tailor, Frieze
In a cultural atmosphere that often accentuates divisions the opportunity to come together with people unlike ourselves is most welcome.
Andy Broadey, Corridor8
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