From 5 September 2015 to 6 December 2015, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm will exhibit the works of the late American photography Francesca Woodman in the exhibition “On Being an Angel”.
The exhibition will consist of 102 photographs, mainly gelatine silver prints but including several large-format diazotype prints and six short videos. Woodman used photography as a way of expression by making her the only subject of her work through self-portraits. She explored themes such as gender, representation, sexuality and corporality. A prominent aspect of her work is that she is either explicitly naked or in contrast, attempting to hide her body through either wrapping herself in plastic or material or behind a wallpaper. The works reflect a range of symbolist and surrealist influences.
Woodman’s works are usually divided into periods: the early work, her work as a student in Providence, work made in Italy between 1977 and 1978, at the MacDowell Colony, and lastly work she produced from 1979 in New York until her death in 1981. The first major travelling exhibition of Francesca Woodman’s work took place in 1986, some years after her death. The Kunsthal in Rotterdam was the first to present her work in the Netherlands, in 1998.