A new show is putting the nail in the coffin of art historical notions that the female in art is an"object," rather than its, subject, viewer, or creator (though hopefully, that nail didn't need much help.) Entitled Terrains of the Body, the show at east London's Whitechapel Gallery opening this month presents a series of photographs Washington D.C's National Museum of Women in the Arts by 17 contemporary artists from five different continents.
Among the artists featured are Marina Abramović, Nan Goldin, Icelandic Love Corporation, Shirin Neshat and Eve Sussman, forming a cohesive yet diverse study of contemporary female artists' approach to their bodies, their media and themselves. The Whitechapel says: "By turning their camera to women, including themselves, these artists embrace the female body as a vital medium for expressing identity, reflecting individual and collective experience, and forming narratives."
Terrains of the Body: Photography from the National Museum of Women in the Arts runs from 18 January – 16 April 2017, in Gallery 7 at Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX