ISelf Collection: Bumped Bodies

10 Apr 2018 – 12 Aug 2018

Whitechapel Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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  • Bus: 25, 205, 254
  • Tube: Aldgate East / Aldgate
  • Train: 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

Enrico David

Tiane Doan na Champassak

Georg Herold

John Stezaker

Maria Bartuszová

Huma Bhabha

Berlinde De Bruyckere

Daniel Silver

Tony Cragg

Tony Cragg

Wael Shawky

Cathy Wilkes

Pippilotti Rist

Alexandra Bircken

Geoffrey Farmer

Bojan Šarčević

Kati Horna

Ruth Claxton

Nicola Tyson

Sarah Lucas

Sarah Lucas

Seb Patane


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