Teresa Burga / Anna Oppermann
2 June – 4 August 2012
To this day, the work of Teresa Burga (*1935, Iquitos, Peru) holds an exceptional position within Latin American discourse on art. From the 1960s onwards, Burga developed her pop and conceptual art in a country that was ruled by a nationalist military regime between 1968 and 1980, and thus at first she had to overcome significant obstacles in order to exhibit and become known. Accordingly, her artistic endeavours took a path parallel to populist demands of the time for a “Peruvian national” art. On this parallel course, in an extensive series of drawings, sketches and installations completed during the 1970s, Burga developed her method of constructing subjectivity using gestures and repetition.
Anna Oppermann (*1940, Eutin, Germany, † 1993, Celle, Germany) forgot to include her ensemble grouping A Theory of Feeling, created from 1981 onwards in the Cité des Arts, in the first catalogue of her works. It is now publicly exhibited for the first time at Galerie Barbara Thumm – together with photographic work documenting the ways in which Anna Oppermann reflected on her method, which developed gradually through the artistic process of creation, and together with a group of self-portraits also only discovered posthumously.