Olivia Plender and Hester Reeve,The Emily Davison Lodge, 2010. Photo by Matthew Booth
Inspired by the figure of the suffragette as militant artist, Olivia Plender and Hester Reeve (pictured) have realised three works that explore how the suffragettes publicly denounced women’s subjugation.
Plender and Reeve call in to question the traditional separation between art and politics, through an exploration of the militant attacks waged on famous art works by suffragettes and artists such as Mary Richardson.
Using photography and video, the artists also revisit other emblematic moments of the suffragettes’ revolt, as well as their relationship to violence.
In these photos, Plender and Reeve can be seen in the archive stores of The Women’s Library, surrounded by some of the material that has inspired their commission. The WSPU tea set seen in the top photo dates back to 1913 and was produced by the Women’s Social and Political Union.
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