NMWA @ Whitechapel

Terrains of the Body: Photography from NMWA@Whitechapel Gallery

In celebration of the UK Friends of NMWA’s 10th anniversary and the Museum’s 30th anniversary, we sponsored an exhibition of work by 17 contemporary women photographers from 23 countries who explore ideas using the human body.    These artists extend the scope of feminist performances, body art, and videos from the 1970s. In turning their cameras to women—including themselves—they embrace the female body as a practical and vital medium for expressing identity, reflecting individual and collective experiences, and forming narratives.  Curated by NMWA’s Chief Curator, Dr. Kathryn Wat, Terrains of the Body: Photography from NMWA included works by Candida Höfer, Justine Kurland, Nikki S. Lee, Shirin Neshat and Hellen van Meene.

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The exhibition was shown at the Whitechapel Gallery from 18 January to 16 April 2017.   It marked a fabulous celebration of women and women in the arts, and spread the word about NMWA all over the world.

Eve Sussman and the Rufus Corporation Themis in the Birdcage (photographic still from The Rape of the Sabine Women), 2005 Chromogenic print 39 ⅜ x 51 in. (100 x 130 cm) National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection, Washington, D.C. ©Eve Sussman/Rufus Corporation. Photo: Lee Stalsworth

Eve Sussman and the Rufus Corporation
Themis in the Birdcage (photographic still from The Rape of the Sabine Women), 2005
Chromogenic print
39 ⅜ x 51 in. (100 x 130 cm)
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of the Heather and Tony Podesta Collection, Washington, DC ©Eve Sussman/Rufus Corporation. Photo: Lee Stalsworth

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Shirin Neshat On Guard, from the “Turbulent” series, 1996 Gelatin silver print with ink 18 ¾ x 24 in. (48 x 61 cm) National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of the Tony Podesta Collection, Washington, D.C. ©Shirin Neshat. Photo: Lee Stalsworth

Shirin Neshat
On Guard,  1998
Gelatin silver print with ink
18 ¾ x 24 in. (48 x 61 cm)
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of the Tony Podesta Collection, Washington, DC ©Shirin Neshat. Photo: Lee Stalsworth

Marina Abramović The Hero, 2001 Chromogenic print 49 ½ x 49 ½ in. (126 x 126 cm) National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection, Washington, D.C. ©Marina Abramović, Courtesy the Marina Abramović Archives. Photo: Lee Stalsworth

Marina Abramović
The Hero, 2001
Chromogenic print
49 ½ x 49 ½ in. (126 x 126 cm)
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of the Heather and Tony Podesta Collection, Washington, DC ©Marina Abramović, Courtesy the Marina Abramović Archives. Photo: Lee Stalsworth

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