"Both of you fought massive systems — the state," Foster said, bringing the two into conversation.
Brugera's work blurs the line between art and activism. "Art is a rehearsal of a desired reality," she told the audience. Recently Brugera leaned from the window of her Havana home, bullhorn in hand, to read from Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism. Take a look at the photo here to see how the city decided to respond (they took jackhammers to her street, as to literally overpower her voice).
That said, I won't be letting go of this image anytime soon. When some of these young writers attend WBS's summer camp in August, I want to talk to them. I want to know what it feels like to have no choice but to learn beneath such blatant racism. I want to give these students a free and open space to write about their desired realities.