Francesca Woodman. On being an angel
Time Out says
It has been said that she was eccentric, introverted, passionate, charismatic, provocative, very theatrical, that she was frantically obsessed with her image and with the search for the self. We're talking about the indecipherable Francesca Woodman (Denver, 1958 – New York, 1981), whose monographic exhibition opens the autumn season of the Canal Foundation with 'Ser un ángel / On being an angel', which features 102 photographs and six short films.
With an innate talent, Woodman created a body of photographic work loaded with symbolism. Her images focused primarily on the female form in general and on herself in particular, with portraits of herself naked, twisted, semi-hidden, disguised and blurred in abandoned, almost spooky settings. In her photographs we find references to a fragile and ethereal beauty, at once gloomy and, in many cases, set in lovely and decadent surroundings. After her suicide in 1981, Woodman had a cult following, and her work continues to generate debate and unanswered questions. All this is part of that shroud of mystery that surrounds her and is present in each of the photographs in this exhibition, whose title refers to one of the artist's favorite themes: 'being an angel'.