Lynn Hershman Roberta’s Body Language Chart 1978; printed 2009

Artwork details

Artist
Lynn Hershman born 1941
Title
Roberta’s Body Language Chart
Date 1978; printed 2009
Medium Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions Image: 1026 x 853 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented anonymously 2010
Reference
P20340
Not on display

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Roberta Breitmore was a fictional person, created, enacted and documented by Lynn Hershman from 1974 to 1978. During her four-year existence Roberta had a bank account and library card, attended weight watchers and rented an apartment. Roberta Construction Chart #1 gives detailed instructions on how to create Roberta’s appearance. In Roberta’s Body Language Chart, Roberta is photographed during a psychiatric session with annotations interpreting her body language. Hershman later recalled: ‘With the completion of Roberta, I finally closed the chapter on that idea of the single woman – Roberta and me – as victim.’

June 2011

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