These artists embrace the female body as their medium

Whitechapel Gallery presents an all-female photography show.

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Hellen van Meene Untitled (79), 2000, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection, Washington, D.C. © Hellen van Meene and Yancey Richardson Gallery

As a well-known haven for the arts, Whitechapel Gallery has (thankfully) announced the delivery of yet another insightful photo and video exhibition. Constantly striving for the freshest, most creative collections to put on at the Aldgate East venue, the gallery is now introducing 17 contemporary artists from all around the world that turn the focus to women—drawn from the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Daniela Rossell Medusa, from the “Ricas y famosas” series 1999, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection, Washington, D.C. © Daniela Rossell, Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York

Daniela Rossell Medusa, from the “Ricas y famosas” series 1999, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection, Washington, D.C.
© Daniela Rossell, Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York

Terrains of the Body is a venture into the female form, in which artists explore the body as a “vital medium for storytelling, expressing identity and reflecting individual and collective experience.” From Rineke Dijkstra’s infamously stark and uncomfortable portraits to Nan Goldin’s raw and druggy imagery, Whitechapel Gallery has collected the most impressive female photographers from around the globe.

Icelandic Love Corporation, Where Do We Go from Here? 2000, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection, Washington, D.C. © The Icelandic Love Corporation

Icelandic Love Corporation, Where Do We Go from Here? 2000, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection, Washington, D.C.
© The Icelandic Love Corporation

But it doesn’t stop there. With a contribution by notorious performance artist Marina Abramović (commonly known for The Artist is Present) and many more visual and conceptual artists, this collection is sure to cover all angles of the body, in all forms. Running from 18 January until 16 April, you have plenty of time to get to the London hotspot for the all-girl viewing experience.

Nan Goldin, Self-Portrait in Kimono with Brian, NYC 1983, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Promised Gift of Steven Scott, Baltimore, in honour of the Tenth Anniversary of the National Museum of Women in the Arts © Nan Goldin, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

Nan Goldin, Self-Portrait in Kimono with Brian, NYC 1983, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Promised Gift of Steven Scott, Baltimore, in honour of the Tenth Anniversary of the National Museum of Women in the Arts © Nan Goldin, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

18 January until 16 April

Whitechapel Gallery, London

 

www.whitechapelgallery.org

www.nmwa.org

 

Words by Lottie Hodson