Vital Statistics of a Citizen, Simply Obtained
TitleVital Statistics of a Citizen, Simply Obtained
DirectorMartha Rosler
CountryUSA
Year1977
Duration40mins
FormatUmatic video
DescriptionVITAL STATISTICS...looks at the objectification of women in a technological/bureaucratic society. How do we come to see ourselves as objects? How do human values become less important than means of control? The work is 'operatically' conceived: at its heart is a woman being measured by a white coated male examiner who is joined by a chorus of three women assistants. The final section is a series of government photos of measurement accompanied by a litany of crimes against women.