ISelf Collection: Bumped Bodies

Whitechapel Gallery

10 April – 12 August 2018

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A new display of work by 23 international artists, exploring the relationship between the body, objects and the environment.

Paloma Varga Weisz, Bumped Body (detail), 2007

Featuring work by Huma Bhabha, Tony Cragg and Sarah Lucas, Bumped Bodies is the final chapter in the ISelf Collection displays, a private collection of contemporary art which focuses on personal identity and the human condition.

Works on show offer fragmented, deconstructed and visceral perspectives where the body intersects with inanimate objects. Many of the artists question a sense of physical cohesion by duplicating and modifying bodies, or evoking the figure through uncannily fragmenting body parts and shapes.

The exhibition is named after Paloma Varga Weisz’s Bumped Body (2007), an ambiguously gendered pregnant form. It explores the idea of pregnancy as an extreme form of selfhood, examining the tension between the expectant body as a subject and an object.

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Opening times

Tue – Sun, 11am – 6pm (Thu until 9pm) Closed 24 – 26 Dec

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