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Item number: 099
Item title: Sample item
Author(s) of the item: Author 1, Author 2, Author 3
Year in which the item emerged culturally or was produced industrially: 1978, 2011
Entry of the item into the inventory: 12 November 2014
Activities in which the item participated: Additional exhibitions, research related to PB (comma separated)
Re-interpretation of the following item: Re-takes of what item (number, comma separated)
Cluster(s) the item belongs to: Themes (comma separated)
Inventor(s) for this item: Name of the person/group adding the item (comma separated)

In 2011, the Wuerttembergiser Kunstverein in Stuttgart presented a retrospective of Peruvian artist Teresa Burga, curated by Dorota Biczel, Miguel A. López, and Emilio Tarazona. The hand-outs were translated from the questionnaire originally used by Burga to gather data for Perfil de la Mujer Peruana (with Marie-France Cathelat). The installation and accompanying book combined diagrams, documents, images, objects, and a variety of medical records, to realize 'the Profile of a Peruvian Woman'.

Perfil de la Mujer Peruana at the exhibition Teresa Burga’s Chronology: Reports, Diagrams, Intervals, WKV Stuttgart (2011)

"In 1980 Teresa Burga and the psychologist Marie-France Cathelat co-founded the association Investigaciones Sociales y Artísticas (ISA) (Social and Artistic Research). In order to realize the Profile of a Peruvian Woman, they sought support from private and public institutions and enlisted professional help of academics and specialists, to assure that their research would be undertaken in a scientifically rigorous way. The resulting exhibition (a series of information graphics and installations that visualized the obtained data) and the subsequent publication intended to present self-perceptions of middle- class Peruvian women aged 25–29. Conceptually, the project kept in line with the emergence of second-wave feminism in Peru and Juan Acha's postulate that art should investigate “social beings” in order to advance “social conscience.” The study was developed in a series of twelve profiles—anthropometric, political, judicial and legal, economic, cultural, educational, psychological etc.—whose data were gathered through extensive surveys and medical examinations conducted between November 7 and December 20, 1980. While, on the one hand, the questionnaires accounted for a number of easily qualifiable data, such as physical built, economic status, or education level, on the other hand, they also asked pertinent questions regarding opinions on such crucial issues as abortion, bases for divorce, division of marital property, or the use of the female body in advertising campaigns—expressing a covert activist agenda."

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