Misbehaving Bodies: Jo Spence and Oreet Ashery

30 May 2019 – 26 Jan 2020

Cost of entry


Wellcome Collection

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Buses: 10, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 59, 68, 73, 88, 91, 134, 168, 205, 253, 390
  • Tube: Euston, Euston Square, Warren St, King's Cross
  • Train: Euston, St Pancras and King's Cross

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This free exhibition brings together two artists who explore the representation of chronic illness and reclaim the idea of ‘misbehaving bodies’.


Influential photographer Jo Spence’s (1934–92) work documents her diagnosis of breast cancer and subsequent healthcare regime throughout the 1980s. Her raw and confrontational photography is shown alongside Oreet Ashery’s (b. 1966) award-winning miniseries ‘Revisiting Genesis’, 2016. Ashery's politically-engaged work explores loss and the lived experience of chronic illness in the digital era. In October 2019, a new commission by Ashery exploring the recent death of her father will be added. 

In this exhibition, challenge your understanding of ‘misbehaving’ or ‘untypical’ bodies, and reflect on how illness can disrupt and shape the way you think about the body, family and identity. 

Exhibiting artists

Jo Spence

Oreet Ashery


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