Coinciding with the Kris Lemsalu show will be a posthumous exhibition of work from the 1970s by Alexis Hunter, to be presented in the basement galleries of Goldsmiths CCA. This will be the first solo presentation of Hunter’s work in the UK since 2006, and first in London since 1981.
An influential figure in the feminist art movement in Britain in the 1970s, Hunter is best known for her staged photographic works in which she used the medium as a tool to manipulate normative power dynamics within society through gender role play and fetishised objects. Her images draw upon the violence within capitalism’s abuse of gender stereotypes and sexuality for the pursuit of profit. As contemporary feminist discourse is reactivated with new concerns, and victims are presently afforded a very visible platform, revisiting Hunter’s work after some four decades highlights a similar energy, anger and strength. This exhibition will show Hunter’s key works from the 1970s, bringing her acerbic critique into dialogue with the contemporary moment and reinforcing her importance as an artist and a feminist.
Alexis Hunter (1948 – 2014) was born in Auckland, New Zealand and attended Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland (1966-69). She moved to London in 1972 where she joined the Women’s Workshop of the Artists Union and remained here until her death in 2014. She was an active and influential figure in the feminist art movement in Britain in the 1970s. Since 2006 her photographs have been introduced to a new generation and have been shown in the Norwich Gallery, WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution in the United States and in the Cologne Art Fair in Germany. Hunter’s work is represented in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, University of Otago and the Arts Council of Great Britain collections.