Date of Award

Spring 6-3-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Adela Goldbard

Second Advisor

Taylor Baldwin

Third Advisor

Robert Blackson


Disobeying constitutes a deeper conceptual and formal inquiry into themes that have been permanently present in my art practice since I started thinking about them in 2008. My concerns are anchored in a socio-political study of communication and language as impacted by power relations, politics, micro-politics, and censorship. In this thesis, I particularly focus on the way in which I see censorship in relation to protest through my recent work, on account of the relevance these issues have for me after living most of my life in Cuba under a totalitarian regime.

Through this writing exercise, I also intend to delineate the conceptual operations and the recurrently performative methods behind my making processes. In the same vein, I trace and connect the meanings of the material explorations I have gone through, essentially in the last two years, when I simultaneously came to continue my art studies and emigrated to the United States. As a result of that experience, I include some audio excerpts and their corresponding English-translated transcriptions of conversations I have had with the Cuban activist Daniela Rojo for over a year now.



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