New exhibition Terrains of the Body opened its doors at London’s Whitechapel Gallery on 18th January, showcasing the work of 17 artists from around the world who share their documentation of women over different decades. Artists such as Marina Abramović, Nan Goldin and Rineke Dijkstra celebrate the female gaze; women as both creators and creative subjects.

Serbian artist Marina Abramović contributed to the show with her picture “The Hero” from 2001, showing her sitting on a white horse while waving a white flag. The artwork is linked to her father’s time as a soldier during World War II and questions male heroism.

Nan Goldin provided a self-portrait, exploring women’s desires and sexuality. Her work “Self-Portrait in Kimono with Brian” from 1983 shows her sitting next to her ex, Brian, in a New Yorker apartment.

Find some of the artworks below.

"The Hip Hop Project (1)" (2001), Photography Nikki S. Lee

“The Hip Hop Project (1)” (2001), Photography Nikki S. Lee

 

"Untitled (79)" 2000, Photography Hellen van Meene, courtesy of Hellen van Meene and Yancey Richardson Gallery

“Untitled (79)” 2000, Photography Hellen van Meene, courtesy of Hellen van Meene and Yancey Richardson Gallery

 

"The Hero" (2001), Photography Marina Abramović, courtesy Marina Abramović Archives

“The Hero” (2001), Photography Marina Abramović, courtesy Marina Abramović Archives

 

"Self-Portrait in Kimono With Brian, NY" (1983), Photography Nan Goldin, courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery

“Self-Portrait in Kimono With Brian, NY” (1983), Photography Nan Goldin, courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery

 

Terrains of the Body: Photography from the National Museum of Women in the Arts will run until 16th April. Entry is free!