Photographs from the 'Self Deceit' series by Francesca Woodman

A collection of 5 photographs showing the artist alone and naked in a room.


Vintage gelatin silver print
Each: 9.2 x 9.2 cm
Art Fund grant:
£26,052 ( Total: £66,291)
Acquired in:
Private vendor

The only accessory is a mirror which the artist sits beside, stands on, creeps beside and behind and uses to hide her head. These are not self-portraits in the usual sense as we only see Woodman's face in one of them (Self-Deceit 1). The poses and movements are gestures of refusal - refusal to expose the body and the 'self' to the gaze of the camera.


Artist's estate.

Venue details

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 73/75 Belford Road, EDINBURGH Edinburgh EH4 3DR 0131 624 6200

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