Woman Reading a Possession Order

image 2010-93

Object

Photograph

Title

Woman Reading a Possession Order

Production date

1997

Material

photo

Dimensions

height (Whole): 610mm
width (whole): 475mm

Description

The woman in this photograph was squatting on the same road as the artist in Hackney when they received a letter from the council giving notification that the road was due to be demolished. At the time, squatters were associated in the media with anti-social behaviour. Hunter wanted to challenge this reputation. The image borrows from the composition of 'A Girl Reading at an Open Window' by the Dutch master Vermeer, giving a sense of grace and dignity to this contemporary subject. After the image was published, it helped to open up a dialogue with the council and the houses were saved.

Production person

Tom Hunter

Credit line

Tom Hunter

Object number

2010.93

On display?

Yes

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