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Conceptual Artist Teresa Burga Dies At 85

Burga's boundary-pushing works focused on authorship, forms of labor, and the status of women in Peru

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PERU: Teresa Burga, a conceptual artist whose works mainly focused on ‘Women and Labor’ have died at the age of 85. The Peruvian Ministry of Culture announced her death on Twitter.

Perfil de la Mujer Peruana (Profile of the Peruvian women), moreover, is the most iconic work by her, according to the Mexican Curator Tatiana Cuevas. Her art from the late 60s and 70s has positioned her as a pioneer in media art and technology-based art.

Burga’s recent work. Photo Credit: Instagram
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Burga became an inspiration and a hope for the women in Peru. Her boundary-pushing works focused on authorship, forms of labor, and the status of women in Peru. The traditional garments wore by the women in the late 60s found a way into her art, explaining stereotypes and norms that were different at that time. Burga was an acclaimed conceptual artist internationally. Her exemplary art still remains a great depiction of feminism and excellence.

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Her latest post on Instagram showed three Peruvian women wearing masks. In traditional clothing, the women highlight in colors while a rather dark background supports the drawing. Besides, her recent exhibition was held in New York. It exhibited drawings by her that she had completed in the course of thirty years. Titled ‘Insomnia Drawings’, she completed the art while she was suffering from sleeplessness.

Ahora (1966) by Teresa Burga. Photo Credit: Twitter

Over the past five decades, Burga’s art has taken a number of forms, from fancifully colored sculptures to drawings based on children’s doodles. Yet it has only been recently that this work has come to light internationally. There is a three-decade lacuna in Burga’s CV, from 1981 to 2010, in which she barely showed her art publicly.


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