Jo Spence and Oreet Ashery: Misbehaving Bodies

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  • Exhibition
Photograph of Jo Spence wearing a black one-piece swimming costume floating face up in blue rippled water
Jo Spence; The Final Project ['End Picture' Floating], 1991 – 1992. Collaboration with Terry Dennett. Wellcome Collection. Source: Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London. © © The Estate of the Artist.

Opening in May 2019, our free exhibition will bring together two artists who explore the representation of chronic illness and reclaim the idea of ‘misbehaving bodies’.

Influential photographer Jo Spence’s (1934–92) work documents her diagnosis of breast cancer and subsequent healthcare regime throughout the 1980s. Her raw and confrontational photography will be shown alongside Oreet Ashery’s (b. 1966) award-winning miniseries ‘Revisiting Genesis’, 2016, which explores death and dying in the digital era. And in October 2019, a new commission by Ashery exploring the recent death of her father will be added. 

In this exhibition, challenge your understanding of ‘misbehaving’ or ‘untypical’ bodies, and reflect on how illness can disrupt and shape the way you think about the body, family and identity. 

Visit us

Opening on 30 May 2019

Free admission

Galleries open Tuesday–Sunday, Opening times

Gallery 2, level 1

Step-free access is available to all floors of the building

Large-print guides, transcripts and magnifiers are available in the gallery