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1 / 3       Francesca Woodman, From Eel series, Venice, Italy, 1978. © George and Betty Woodman.

2 / 3       Francesca Woodman, From Space², Providence, Rhode Island, 1976. © George and Betty Woodman.

3 / 3       Francesca Woodman, Self-deceit #1, Rome, Italy, 1978. © George and Betty Woodman.

On being an angel

The Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris hosts Francesca Woodman. On being an angel, an exhibit dedicated to the dazzling work of American photographer Francesca Woodman (1958–1981). The exhibition has been curated and organized by Anna Tellgren (photography curator at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden) in collaboration with the Estate of Francesca Woodman in New York, and includes a hundred prints, video and documents.
Francesca Woodman has grown up in an artist family in Colorado and starts photographying at the age of thirteen, when she receives a camera from her father. From 1969, the family travels a lot in Italy and her parents acquire a house near Florence. The country, its culture and the language will be a true inspiration for the artist who will later travel back to Rome (1980) for a student exchange program. Here she purchases old Italian exercise books at the Maldoror bookshop. One of them, dedicated to geometry and specifically Euclid’s theorem, became the foundation of her first publication of which the hand-written title says a lot about her clear-sightedness: Some Disordered Interior Geometries. This pamphlet was released a few days before she commits suicide in January 19th, 1981. «Francesca Woodman – as can be read in the text presenting the event – explores her own image although her inspiration drives her to navigate into the photographic technic and the act of writing. Her staging in desolated rooms, the ghostly body presence in the middle of spaces in decay, of houses on the threshold of demolition outreached the pure self-portrait genre. Preps and setups disclose assumed surrealist influences, glasses, mirrors, peeling paint, ripped wallpaper. The body is to be fiddled with, fragmented until mingling with its environment and raises issues about metamorphosis and genre. These insolent and disconcerting images of a rare intensity arouse the ephemeral, the elusiveness of time».
This exhibition was first presented at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm (Sept - Dec 2015) and at the FOAM in Amsterdam (Dec - March 2016). The european tour of the exhibition will end at the Moderna Museet in Malmö from November 5, 2016 to March 19, 2017.

Francesca Woodman. On being an angel
Fondation HCB, 2, impasse Lebouis - Paris (France)
11 May – 31 July 2016

opening times: from Tuesday to Sunday, 1 pm - 6,30 pm | Wednesday (late-night opening), 6,30 pm - 8,30 pm | Saturday, 11 am - 6,45 pm
admission fee: full-price ticket 8,00 € | reduced price ticket 4,00 € | free admission for members of the Foundation HCB and during late-night openings on Wednesdays (6,30 pm - 8,30 pm)
info: +33 (0)1 56802700

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published on 2016-05-11 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS



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