Jo Spence

Remodelling Photo History: Realization

1981–2

In Tate Britain
Artist
Jo Spence 1934–1992
Medium
Photograph, tinted gelatin silver print on paper; collaboration with Terry Dennett
Dimensions
Support: 695 x 498 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Tate Patrons 2014
Reference
P80409

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These works, grouped together as Remodelling Photo History explores artifice, staging and role play. Here, Spence presents herself as a domestic worker, laughing as she reads a volume of Sigmund Freud’s writing, or holding out a bottle of washing-up liquid. In a parody of advertising imagery, Spence alludes to the objectification of women as home-maker, cleaner, and object of sexual pleasure.

Gallery label, September 2018

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