Ben Harman, Director of Stills, will give a tour of the Jo Spence exhibition to talk about Spence’s work and ideas and offer insights in the development of the exhibition.
The work of Jo Spence continues to influence and inform debates on photography. In her broad practice, typically involving collaboration with individuals and groups, Spence connected the personal with the political to explore how photography can represent and also construct reality. Through photography, teaching and writing; addressing subjects such as children’s rights, women’s rights, family, class and illness; Spence demonstrated an enduring commitment to her belief in photography’s ability to empower those that use and experience it.
The exhibition at Stills will showcase two different aspects of Spence’s photographic output. A presentation of documentary images from the 1970s will illustrate the educational workshops that she developed with her long-term collaborator, Terry Dennett, through their Children’s Educational Work, The Secret World of Children and Adventure Playgrounds projects.
Stills will also display examples of self-portraiture from Spence’s use of photo therapy, a technique that she developed with Rosy Martin and began in 1984 in order to work through a number of personal histories relating to issues of sexuality, family and class.
Please visit the Stills website to book a place for this tour.