The female artists exploring the 'Terrains of the Body' through photography

Daniela Rossell Medusa, from the “Ricas y famosas” series 1999 © Daniela Rossell, Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York Photo: Lee Stalsworth

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

Icelandic Love Corporation Where Do We Go from Here? 2000. © The Icelandic Love Corporation Photo: Lee Stalsworth

Icelandic Love Corporation Where Do We Go from Here? 2000. © The Icelandic Love Corporation Photo: Lee Stalsworth

Marina Abramović, The Hero, 2001. National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection, Washington, D.C. © Marina Abramovic Archives Photo: Lee Stalsworth

Marina Abramović, The Hero, 2001. National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection, Washington, D.C. © Marina Abramovic Archives Photo: Lee Stalsworth

Nan Goldin Self-Portrait in Kimono with Brian, NYC, 1983 © Nan Goldin, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery Photo: Lee Stalsworth

Nan Goldin Self-Portrait in Kimono with Brian, NYC, 1983 © Nan Goldin, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery Photo: Lee Stalsworth

Nikki S. Lee The Hip Hop Project (1) 2001 © Nikki S. Lee Photo: Lee Stalsworth

Nikki S. Lee The Hip Hop Project (1) 2001 © Nikki S. Lee Photo: Lee Stalsworth