ISelf Collection: Bumped Bodies

10 Apr 2018 – 12 Aug 2018

Regular hours

11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 21:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00

Whitechapel Gallery

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus: 25, 205, 254
  • Aldgate East / Aldgate
  • Liverpool Street

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Pregnancy is one of the most extreme states of the human condition, according to art theorist Amelia Jones, as it reveals the ‘tension between self as subject and self as object’. The final display from the ISelf Collection takes its title from Paloma Varga Weisz’s (b. 1966, Germany) ambiguously gendered pregnant figure, Bumped Body (2007), reflecting on shifting concepts of selfhood.

23 artists consider subjectivity in relation to the body, the object and the environment. Many works offer fragmented and visceral perspectives where the human meets the inanimate, such as Mark Manders (b.1968, Netherlands) enigmatic figures sandwiched between a bedstead or wooden slats. Rebecca Warren’s (b.1965, UK) striding high-heeled legs fuse high Modernism with the lowly comic book in an expression of pure eros.

Placing figures in states of metamorphoses, artists rupture our sense of physical cohesion to reveal new possibilities that lie beyond selfhood.

Exhibiting artists

Ruth Claxton

Georg Herold

Tiane Doan na Champassak

Nicola Tyson

Wael Shawky

Daniel Silver

John Stezaker

Kati Horna

Pippilotti Rist

Seb Patane

Sarah Lucas

Sarah Lucas

Huma Bhabha

Cathy Wilkes

Enrico David

Alexandra Bircken

Maria Bartuszová

Berlinde De Bruyckere

Bojan Šarčević

Geoffrey Farmer

Tony Cragg

Tony Cragg


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