Exhibition for the Arnolfini Bristol: Jo Spence. From Fairytales to Phototherapy. Photographs from the Hyman Collection.

Photo therapy: Transformations

Jo Spence

Photo therapy: Transformations

Vintage Photographs

40 x 30 cms (15.72 x 11.79 ins)

1984

HC 12107

Provenance

Jo Spence Memorial Archive
Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

Exhibited

Jo Spence: Work (Part 2). Studio Voltaire. London, 12 June - 11 August 2012.

Literature

Jo Spence, Putting myself in the picture: A political, personal, and photographic autobiography, 1986, p.181 and front cover.
Jo Spence: Beyond the Perfect Image. Photography, Subjectivity, Antagonism (Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 2005) illus. p272, p274 and p32

Collaboration with Rosy Martin.

Four colour photographs mounted by the artist onto black cardboard.

Each photograph: 18.1 x 12.6 cms.
Total dimensions: 40 x 30 cms

A closely related set of four works is included in Jo Spence, Putting myself in the picture: A political, personal, and photographic autobiography, 1986, p.181. The accompanying text is as follows:

"As a child I did everything possible, not to be like my mother. Family Romance? Cinderella, Ugly Sister, Fairy - I tried them all. On the other hand (now using my brains) I still try and please surrogate daddies. Again, I fail.

Ageing, angry, alone, ill, I regard the constellation of imaginary selves. Finally, with joy, I picture my dead parents. In memory I can be them, Moving beyond the past I become

My own parent."

Works from this series are also reproduced on the cover of Jo Spence, Putting myself in the picture: A political, personal, and photographic autobiography, 1986.

Jo Spence

Photo therapy: Transformations

Vintage Photographs

40 x 30 cms (15.72 x 11.79 ins)

1984

HC 12107

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