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Francesca Woodman the inspiration behind the performance Untitled

Francesca Woodman, american photographer, famous for her black-and-white conceptual photographs which depicted herself. She worked with fragmentation of the body, capturing it in unusual positions, gestures, in motion, framing it within the architecture of a space, in relationship with various objects. She can be considered one of the female artists of the 1970s who used their bodies as a means of visual expression. Woodman also experimented with video; short black-and-white videos, depicting herself, have survived. Surreal compositions combined with a blurred figure, caused by long exposure time, became the trademark of her works. 

In the first year of high school, she got a camera as a present from her father, and from that moment on, she would work without a break. Between 1975 and 1979, Woodman studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. After recieving a fellowship, she continued her studies in Rome. Whilst there she produced an extensive body of work and had her first solo exhibition at a bookshop and gallery specializing in Surrealism and Futurism. In the 1980s, Woodman began suffering from depression caused by her work (or rather by its minimal reception) and a ruined relationship. After an unsuccessful suicide attempt, she lived with her parents, until she finally jumped out of the window of an East Side apartment on January 19, 1981.

Shortly before her death, Woodman released the book Some Disordered Interior Geometries. This notebook is filled with mathematical formulas, black-and-white photographs and handwritten notes. It was only after Woodman's death that her work started to attract attention. Most of her photographs are untitled and identifiable only through the setting and date, and are strongly performative. Photographs

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