Alexis Hunter – ‘We Knew We Were Making History’ | TateShots

Born in New Zealand, artist Alexis Hunter moved to London in the 1970s. A painter and photographer who used feminist theory in her work, Hunter was politically active and deeply involved in the emerging British feminist scene.

Hunter worked with photography and photo-montage, creating sequences focused on feminist politics that inversed concepts of the ‘male gaze’.

She used popular culture and advertising aesthetics to interrogate socio-political issues such as sexual violence and the construction of gender. Hunter often used her own hands in her images, referring to advertising techniques where a hand presents a desirable product.

The artist’s early work in conceptual photography situated her practice as an important contribution to Britain’s feminist movement within the visual arts.

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