Jo Spence; London, Battersea Arts Centre; 21/9/85

British photographer Jo Spence (1934-1992) was famous for documenting her battle with breast cancer. Spence was doing studio photography before founding the left-wing, feminist art collective: 'The Hackney Flashers'. As a producer of images, Spence grappled with the placement of female identity, in particular the space between 'representation' and 'actuality'. Spence was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1981. By 1985, when this recording was made, the artist had turned to her own body as a subject for exploration of images and politics. Producing a body of work entitled 'A Picture of Health?'(1982-1991) she scrutinized the relationship between doctor and patient, and institutional power structures.


Accession No. WAA.012
Artist: Jo Spence
Container annotation: Jo Spence, Maggie Murray, Ros Coward, Karen Alexander
Place/Year: London, Battersea Arts Centre 21/9/85
Type: Discussion
Technical aspects: Quite low sound level but understandable. Stereo
Duration: 90'
Tape capacity: 90
Tape brand: TDK