Yanelys Nuñez’s Diary


The labor board hearing. “I’m very pained because we were like a family.” “What you do is not art”. Illustration by Carlos
Cuban Labor Board Declares My Appeal “Unfounded”

August 20, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Even though I was almost sure that the Labor Board would rule against me – a certainty based on the good vibes I got from the Oral hearing – I wasn’t sure I wanted to drag out the appeals process…




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The Labor Board Hearing over My Firing

August 12, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Before going to my oral hearing, also known as a public hearing, I thought that it would consider the suspension I received from my workplace just over a month ago; I thought I would be able to finally understand the legal and institutional arguments that created all of this mess.




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The Cuban Museum of Dissent Presented in El Cerro, Havana

August 2, 2016 | No Comments »

Without promoting the event too much on digital platforms, we were able to present the Cuban Museum of Dissent on July 25th, on the eve of National Rebellion day without Police intervention.




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My New Work Situation

July 21, 2016 | 1 Comment »

I was informed that my employment at the cultural institution had been permanently terminated because “I had damaged the system’s, institution’s or country’s image by communicating malicious or misleading information.




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Getting Used to Havana’s WI-FI

July 13, 2016 | 2 comments

Ever since my problems began because of my involvement with the Cuban Museum of Dissent, I haven’t been able to connect to the internet again at my old workplace, the Revolution and Culture magazine.




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“The Story Belongs to the One Telling It”

July 9, 2016 | 2 comments

“Now, everybody wants to touch on the subject of the US,” a fellow artist notes. “It’s because there’s no way of isolating yourself from it,” responds a colleague.




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The Cuban Museum of Dissent, a First Encounter

June 11, 2016 | 12 comments

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to write this article. Perhaps because I’ve had too many emotions running through my mind recently: anger, anxiety, disappointment, discomfort. Feelings which haven’t allowed me to reflect calmly upon the situation.




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Puente Sur: Art Performances and Installations Outside Havana

March 29, 2016 | No Comments »

We were carrying a two-meter-tall, cardboard house. We only had a few blocks to walk to reach Esquina de Tejas, where the bus would pick us up. It was the opening day of the Puente Sur National Performance and Installation Day.




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A Young Teacher Speaks of Cuba’s Oldest Art Academy

February 7, 2016 | 1 Comment »

On the occasion of another anniversary of Cuba’s San Alejandro Arts Academy – celebrated recently – we conversed with Aluan Arguelles, one of the institution’s youngest teachers, to get to know how this, Latin America’s oldest school of its type, operates internally.




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A Havana New Year’s Mugging

January 1, 2016 | 26 comments

She’s a foreigner walking down Havana’s Cerro avenue, near Tulipan. She’s read in several travel books that there’s practically no violence in Cuba, so she can’t imagine a group of young people will mug her there at 4 pm.