Friday, 9 September 2016

Opening at Te Papa: Alexis Hunter 'The model’s revenge'

Gender, sexuality, and power – the 1970s photographs of this feminist artist have been described as ‘icons of fearlessness for women’.

Opening: 9 Sept, FREE Exhibition, Lvl 5, Te Papa, Wellington

 

The photographs on display by New Zealand artist Alexis Hunter (1948-2014), address gender politics, sexuality, and power dynamics.
Hunter originally trained as a painter, but switched to photography shortly after she moved to London in 1972: 'I felt very strongly about feminism and photography better expressed my political ideals.'

The photographs on display by New Zealand artist Alexis Hunter (1948-2014), address gender politics, sexuality, and power dynamics.

Hunter originally trained as a painter, but switched to photography shortly after she moved to London in 1972: 'I felt very strongly about feminism and photography better expressed my political ideals.'

'Depersonalised' is how Alexis Hunter described the models in Untitled. From the Object Series. 'They become a body not a person, and then just an image not an image of a person.'

Viewers in the 1970s were surprised to discover that The Object Series was by a woman artist. Photographers were then assumed to be men, and sexualised images were usually of women. Hunter observed that her photographs were consequently seen as 'more sexy - and strangely colder'.

These works toured in 2007 as part of WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, a major international exhibition of feminist art. Today, Hunter's works, and other feminist art of the 1970s, are again receiving attention.

 

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