Projects 2022-01-25

Imprisoned for Art: Artistic Freedom Under Attack in Cuba


Online Panel Discussion, streamed in ZOOM and Facebook on 3 February 2022 at 18.00 CET.

It is held in English (Q&A chat in English and Spanish).


  • Hamlet Lavastida, Cuban Artist
  • Solveig Font, Cuban Curator
  • Andra Matei, Director (Avant-Garde Lawyers)
  • Alexandra Xanthaki, UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights
  • Manfred Nowak, Director (Applied Human Rights)

Moderator: Marilyn Volkman, ENTRE Gallery & Applied Human Rights

Critical issues of censorship in Cuba bring artists and curators together with human rights experts to discuss the shrinking space for artistic freedom on the island. Taking Decree 349 as a starting point, the panel will focus on the legal frameworks for expression, artist-led movements for artistic freedom in Cuba, and the danger of imprisonment for those who participate. The discussion will also explore strategies for securing artistic freedom within and outside Cuba, and the needs of Cuban artists as they continue the fight for human rights on the ground.

Since the issuance of Decree 349 in 2018, the Cuban government has declared the authority to decide who can and cannot make art, precipitating one of the most vigorous protest movements on the island since the revolution.

Free and open to the public, this online event is organised by the Vienna Master of Applied Human Rights in collaboration with ENTRE Gallery and its current exhibition of Cuban art in Vienna.

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