Teresa BurgaAn Artist or a Computer?
Conceptual works from the 1970s10.03. - 13.05.2018
S.M.A.K. Gent, Belgium
Teresa Burga, *1935 in Iquitos, Peru, †2021 in Iquitos, Peru,
lived and worked Iquitos, Peru
Photo © S.M.A.K.
Curated by Ann Hoste47 available works
In the 1970s, Teresa Burga created experimental installations based on administrative reports, meticulous diagrams, educational objects and designs for absurd machines.
They contain the coded results of actions carried out and instructions for future projects. They also quantify entities like her own body, poems or population groups. Although she was not openly political, through her unorthodox practice she questioned aspects of modern society such as visual representation in mass culture, the automation and bureaucratisation of work and leisure, and woman’s identity. In her work, Burga put the emphasis on open processes. She sees art as the formulation of proposals which the viewer can complete by adding meaning.Read more