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Francesca Woodman, Photographer
From Francesca Woodman, Carey Keller, Editor (SFMOMA, 2013):
“Woodman began photographing at the age of 13. By the time she enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design 1n 1975, she was already an accomplished photographer, with a singularly mature and focused approach to her work. At the age of twenty-two, she committed suicide.”
A partial list of exhibitions of her work include:
- 1998: “l’artiste et la représentation de soi, Francesca Woodman, Rencontres d’Arles festival.
- 1998–2002: Francesca Woodman. Traveled to Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France; Kunsthal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Belém Cultural Center, Lisbon, Portugal; The Photographers’ Gallery, London, United Kingdom; Centro Cultural Tecla Sala, L’Hospitalet, Barcelona, Spain; Carla Sozzani Gallery, Milan, Italy; The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland; and PhotoEspana, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain.
- 2009–2010: Francesca Woodman. Traveled to Espacio AV, Murcia, Spain; sms contemporanea, Siena, Italy; and Palazzo della Ragione, Milan, Italy.
And Now, the exhibition at the Foam* Museum in Amsterdam.
From the Foam website,
“Before committing suicide at the age of twenty-two, Woodman explored themes such as gender, representation, sexuality and corporality. Her oeuvre consists of a large number of self-portraits. A striking aspect of her work is that she is either explicitly naked, or in contrast, attempts to hide her body: squeezed into a cupboard, behind the wallpaper, wrapped in plastic or material, or in a shroud of movement. She photographs herself in interiors punctuated by evidence of decay. Even when other people feature in Woodman’s photographs, they function purely as a stand-in for the artist. Woodman’s photographs showcase a range of symbolist and surrealist influences, and in many cases they evoke oppressive feelings.”
“The exhibition Francesca Woodman. On Being an Angel consists of 102 photographs, mainly gelatine silver prints but including several large-format diazotype prints and six short videos.consists of 102 photographs, mainly gelatine silver prints but including several large-format diazotype prints and six short videos.
“Woodman is known for her avant gard self-portraits, she embodies a type of movement within her images, representing somebody who is trying to break free and escape from herself. I feel like her work doesn’t stop when the cameras turned off, these images are a sequence of moments occurring her life, mind and dreams which she then projects into her photography as an outlet.”
As reported by ArtDaily,
Foam [Foam Photography Museum] concludes 2015 with an overview of the exceptional and intense work of an American photographer who died young, Francesca Woodman (1958-1981). Woodman used photography as an extremely personal means of expression, as if wearing her skin inside out, making herself the only subject of her work. After her untimely death her photographs were shown in a number of major international exhibitions and they have inspired artists all over the world.”
Francesca Woodman. On Being an Angel is on display in Foam from 18 December 2015 to 9 March 2016.
From the Foam website:
“The most significant subject in Francesca Woodman’s work was Francesca Woodman herself. She used photography as an extremely personal means of expression, as ‘if wearing her skin inside out, making herself the only subject of her work’. Her photographs were shown in a number of major international exhibitions and they have inspired artists all over the world.”
*”Foam is an internationally operating organisation in the field of photography, based in Amsterdam. Foam informs and inspires the widest possible audience by presenting all facets of contemporary photography.”
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