Alexis Hunter came to international prominence for her radical photography, alwaysfocused on the female gaze, with images that articulated a sense of liberty at odds with the predominant masculinity of the era expressed confidently in politics, public and media. Her images were prescient in their understanding of the extreme individuation and manipulation of the consumer now digitally saturating the world with visual sexual language. Hunter’s particular form of image making opens up thinking about the intersection of feminism, new technologies and a disruptive epoch. Her images foreshadowed how technologies now mediate our desires and inner thoughts: they are eloquent harbingers of our Instagram era.
Born in New Zealand and a graduate of Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Art, Hunter left New Zealand in 1969 and achieved early prominence, with her work shown in the 70’s at London’s Hayward Gallery and ICA, other European museums, and in the 4thSydney Biennale representing Britain. Her work is held in, amongst others, the Collections of Tate, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Arts Council of Great Britain, Verbund Collection Vienna, Imperial War Museum, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand and Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki. Suffering from motor neurone disease, Hunter died in 2014.