Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Women take control
By Alexis Hunter
In a joint photography exhibition at the Richard Saltoun gallery, rarely seen work by Alexis Hunter and Jo Spence is on display until the 27th September. Taking a retrospective glance at the 1970s - 1980s, it focuses on feminist portraiture.
Hunter and Spence were both active in an era when the representation of women in the art world was woefully lacking. Although their style is quite different, they both used photography as a political tool for cultural change.
Hunter's work features A Model's Revenge (1974), Domestic Warfare (1975), and Burning Shoe (1977). This series of Xerox prints tells a narrative about the social issues faced by contemporary women.
Jo Spence used photography as a form of therapy, to express the fear, anger, and injustice she felt after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1982. Her black and white pictures documents her journey from discovery to recovery, and in a wider contexts is about women gaining control over their life and body.