Frieze Masters: Jo SPENCE: A Survey

Regent's Park NW1 4HA, Stand number S1, 15 - 19 October 2014

Frieze Masters, Spotlight Section - Stand S1

For the 2014 edition of Frieze Masters, London, curator Adriano Pedrosa has chosen British feminist artist Jo Spence to be represented in the Spotlight section dedicated to solo presentations.


Richard Saltoun Gallery will present a comprehensive exhibition of Jo Spence's seminal photographic works from the 1970s up until 1990. Through her photographic work, Spence radically effected issues of class, power and gender, and poignantly, of health and death. Curated by Karsten Schubert, the presentation includes her leading works from the 1980s: Remodelling Photo History series, The Picture of Health?, Photo Therapy, Libido Uprising and The Narratives of Dis-ease.


Diagnosed with cancer in 1982, Spence utilised the camera as a tool to document her process of hospitalisation and healing. Her raw and autobiographical photographs from this period refused to conceal 'private' matters and body weakness and paved the way for works elaborated over a decade later by Jenny Savile, Gillian Wearing and Tracy Emin.


A solo display for Tate BP Spotlight will be dedicated to Jo Spence in 2015.


JO SPENCE (1934 - 1992 London, UK)

Spence started her career as a high-street photographer in the mid-'60s. Out of collaborations with social documentary photographer Terry Dennett, emerged her formation of the Hackney Flashers, a collective of female documentary photographers active throughout the '70s. Her first museum exhibition was at the Hayward Gallery in Three Perspectives on Photography (1979), with her work Beyond the Family Album - an investigation into her own family and class background. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1982, she used her camera as a therapeutic tool and photography played an important role in her battle. These images, staged for the camera, visualised the personal trauma she was living, offering a way to reframe memory and reclaim her own body from the machinery of modern medicine. Spence died in 1992 from leukemia.


Recent exhibitions include Work (Part III), White Columns, New York (2013), Alexis Hunter & Jo Spence, Richard Saltoun Gallery, London (2013), Work (Part I & II), Studio Voltaire & SPACE, London (2012), DOCUMENTA 12, Kassel (2007), Jo Spence - Beyond the Perfect Image, MACBA, Barcelona and Camera Austria, Graz (2005 - 2006).


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Stand number S1

NW1 4HA, North-east corner of Regent's Park (15 minutes walk from Frieze London)

Nearest tube: Camden Town and Mornington Crescent.


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