Alexis Hunter: The model’s revenge
Alexis Hunter, Untitled. From the Object Series, 1974-75. Black and white photograph, gelatin silver print. Purchased 2008 (O.031448).
‘Depersonalised’ is how Alexis Hunter described the models in Untitled. From the Object Series. ‘They become a body not a person, and then just an image not an image of a person.’
Viewers in the 1970s were surprised to discover that The Object Series was by a woman artist. Photographers were then assumed to be men, and sexualised images were usually of women. Hunter observed that her photographs were consequently seen as ‘more sexy – and strangely colder’.
These works toured in 2007 as part of WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, a major international exhibition of feminist art. Today, Hunter’s works, and other feminist art of the 1970s, are again receiving attention.