Art and Power in Cuba

Posted on 30 August 2010

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Yoanni Sanchez (Generation Y) writes on Huffington Post:

For some time now the long relationship of complicity and subordination between art and power has begun to crack. Critical comments are heard even from the regime’s singer-songwriters such as Silvio Rodriguez and Pablo Milanes, iconic figures who functioned for decades as heralds of the Cuban “process.” Meanwhile, academics, who with their hypotheses and research have supported the government’s actions, now dare to express their rejection of certain of its practices.

Even UNEAC is showing cracks, as several of its writer members have added their names to the more than 50,000 signatures collected in the name of Orlando Zapata Tamayo – an imprisoned hunger striker who died in February – to demand the release of all political prisoners.

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