Exhibition for the Arnolfini Bristol: Jo Spence. From Fairytales to Phototherapy. Photographs from the Hyman Collection.
Photo therapy: Double Shift / Double Crossed / Double Bind
40 x 30 cms (15.72 x 11.79 ins)
Jo Spence Memorial Archive
Richard Saltoun Gallery, London
Jo Spence: Work (Part 2). Studio Voltaire. London, 12 June - 11 August 2012.
Ribalta, George and Terry Dennett. Beyond the Perfect Image. Photography, Subjectivity, Antagonism.
Exhibition catalogue. Barcelona: MACBA, 2005, lower left image illus. p.351
Jo Spence, Putting myself in the picture: A political, personal, and photographic autobiography, 1986, p.149 (lower left image).
1984 or 1985
Collaboration with Rosy Martin.
Four colour photographs mounted by the artist on cardboard.
Each photograph: 18.1 x 12.6 cms
Total dimensions: 40 x 30 cms
Rosy Martin recalls that "Double Shift / Double Crossed / Double Bind is the preferred title for the whole phototherapy series which traced Jo's mother's life as a factory worker - then removing the evidence of her work (with swarfegan) - then being the mother who feeds her family (wearing an apron, cutting a loaf). See the Arena programme - we re-staged this for TV."
Writing on this photo therapy session Spence has explained: "In a photo therapy session with Rosy, I go back to a period in family history where I felt I had been abandoned. I try to imagine my mother, in playful mood, as a war-worker. What came to mind in the session is that at work she could enjoy the forbidden fag (my father banned her from smoking). I am surprised by the knowledge generated by this session, especially in relation to family health." (Jo Spence, Putting myself in the picture: A political, personal, and photographic autobiography, 1986, p.149)
We are grateful to Rosy Martin for her assistance in cataloguing this work.