All-female art exhibition goes on display in Whitechapel

Female artists’ work on display in Whitechapel Pic: Elijah Kong

An all-female exhibition has gone on display at Whitechapel Art Gallery aimed at giving women their autonomy back.

Organized jointly with the National Museum of Women in the Arts in the United States the exhibition features photographs and video works by 17 contemporary female artists from five continents who explore ideas using the female body from the 1970s.

The collection is drawn from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington DC, which prides itself on being the only international museum dedicated to art made by women.

Entitled “Terrains of The Body”, the display sees women take control of the camera.

By turning their cameras to women, including artists themselves, say the organisers, the female body is no longer a passive subject for meaning to be imposed upon, but a vital medium for storytelling, expressing identity and reflecting individual and collective experience.

The collection includes iconic pictures by Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović and American photographer Nan Goldin; and revelations such as Daniela Rossell and other artists from five continents.

According to the Whitechapel Gallery, these complex and aesthetically compelling works tell a story of women, subjectivity and art.

As a charity, the UK friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts says it is proud to support the exhibition to celebrate its 10th anniversary. 2017 is also the 30th anniversary of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

The exhibition is open to the public until April 16 from Tuesday to Sunday 11am-6pm (9pm on Thursday) at Whitechapel Gallery, Whitechapel High Street.

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