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Exhibition of works by Alexis Hunter and Jo Spence opens at Richard Saltoun Gallery
Jo Spence, Not wanted, 1989/90. Collaboration with Dr Tim Sheard. 9 colour photographs mounted on card, 45 x 30 cm overall.
LONDON.- Richard Saltoun Gallery announces an exhibition of works by Alexis Hunter (1948 -) and Jo Spence (1934 - 1992), two pioneering artists whose radical works from the '70s and '80s brought new rigour to photographic portraiture. Using the camera as an instrument of democratic action, and the body as an emphatically political site, both artists embraced role-play, storytelling and re-enactment to scrutinise female subjectivity playfully - innovations that would decisively influence the artistic strategies of future generations.

Hunter will display hand-coloured xeroxes from the late '60s and a very early instance of colour xerox, Perceptions in Times of Crisis(1977), depicting a woman in the act of suicide, which was originally shown the same year it was made at the ICA. Starting out as a painter and working across media - from 36 mm slide to colour xerox on a role of cartridge paper, for instance; or collaging, colouring and captioning newsprint - Hunter blurred distinctions, literally handling the photographic image as a way of exerting control of perceptions and critiquing gender stereotypes.

For Spence, photographic empowerment went further still, capable not only of effecting issues of class, power and gender, but even, poignantly, of health; and from this perspective she fought against all forms of domination. The exhibition presents a selection of her Phototherapy works, photographs that assumed an important aspect of her battle with breast cancer through the '80s. These images staged for the camera the personal trauma she was living through, offering a way to reframe memory and reclaim her body from the machinery of modern medicine. Spence considered her work to be 'cultural sniping', revealing the broader reach of what at first seems unsettlingly private. Her photographs flew in the face of all the givens in art, utilizing the aesthetic of the amateur snapshot, focusing on process rather than product and placing her own unconventional physique centre-stage. Their raw autobiographical reckoning and refusal to conceal weakness paved the way for works over a decade later by Jenny Saville, Gillian Wearing and Tracy Emin.

This is the first solo presentation of Hunter's works since her exhibition at Norwich Gallery in 2006 and follows Spence's major retrospective at SPACE and Studio Voltaire in London last year. The exhibition has been curated by George Vasey and will be accompanied by a catalogue with commissioned writing from Beth Bramich, Nina Wakeford and Louisa Lee that will explore the influence of Alexis Hunter and Jo Spence to a current generation of artists, writers and academics. There will be a screening on the 26th of September alongside the exhibition to coincide with the Fitzrovia Late in September.

Alexis Hunter (b. 1948, Auckland, New Zealand) Recent important exhibitions include Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands, Richard Saltoun/Karsten Schubert Gallery, London (2013). Mujer / Woman, The Feminist Avant-Garde from the 1970s, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid (2013), WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, MCA, Los Angeles and touring (2007-09) and will be included in The Weak Sex - How Art Pictures the New Male, Kunstmuseum Bern (2013-14).

Jo Spence (b. 1934-1992, London, UK) Recent solo exhibitions include Work (Part I & II), Studio Voltaire & SPACE, London, UK (2012), DOCUMENTA 12 (2007), Jo Spence - Beyond the Perfect Image, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain and touring to Camera Austria, Graz, Austria (2005-06). Upcoming solo exhibitions include White Columns, New York, USA (2013).





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