until 29.07. | #1238ARTatBerlin | Galerie Barbara Thumm presents from 29th April 2017 the exhibition “Conceptual Installations of the 70s” by the artist Teresa Burga.
Teresa Burga (*1935 Iquitos, Peru) is the most influential Peruvian female artist today. In the mid-sixties, Burga was a driving force in the renewal and transformation of art in Peru. Through her work with the Group Arte Nuevo (1966-1967) she also initiated the consolidation of of the diverse currents of the peruvian avant-garde.
After studying at the Art Institute of Chicago for two years, the artist returned to Lima. From these formative years, she brought back her experience of the student movement and the civil rights movement of North America. She began producing work that makes use of experimental processes and new creative strategies such as information technology, scientific registers and engagement of “concepts”. Her work often takes the shape of reports, descriptions and diagrams that document past actions or formulate proposals to be carried out in the future, using statistics to reread the environment. Sometimes her work entails translating reality and language into different codes, quantifying and interrogating an existence – her own body, a poem, a community, or a portion of the urban space – we believe to be concrete.
The exhibition, opening during the Gallery Weekend Berlin 2017, will feature one major – and stunningly contemporary – installation from the seventies. This installation engages conceptual questions like the dissolution of the work of art and the experience of immediate contact as an erosion and critical interpellation of material and social contexts. The installation was exhibited recently at the MALBA in Buenos Aires in 2015. The work Obra que desaparece cuando el espectador trata de acercarse (propuesta III) / Work that Disappears when the Viewer Tries to Approach It (Proposal III) attest to Burga’s interest in the immaterial and in drawing as the basis for the interpretation of her installations.
Conceptual Installations will premiere as well a coneptual series of drawings, which deconstruct and visualize one of the most famous poems by Borges. It is one of the most complex and representative works of Burga’s conceptual text works.
The exhibition coincides with our solo presentation of Pop Art works at Frieze New York Spotlight, as well as Burga’s solo show at Sculpture Centre, New York. Furthermore Burga will be featured in Radical Woman at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and in Memories of Underdevelopment at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, USA.
Vernissage: Friday, 28th April 2017, 6 to 9 p.m.
Exhibition period: Saturday, 29th April to Thursday, 29th June 2017Zur Galerie Barbara Thumm
Image caption: Teresa Burga, 1970-2015, 1
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