In collaboration with Jackie Brown, Leonie Cronin and Laura Moreton-Griffiths, as part of the Olympic Dreams project, I have created a new topical series of work. These were photographed during mini-residencies at Ladywell Arena and Crystal Palace Athletics Stadium where we made full use of the facilities.
This new series Domestic Heptathlon works with everyday materials to create an alternative homespun Olympics. Inspired by the history of women being barred from the stadium it looks at some of the restrictions women face in their quest to participate and suggests ways in which they can overcome some of the barriers they face.
The competitor number 11 was chosen because of an article by John Tunis in the New York Evening Times in 1928 with the headline ‘Eleven Wretched Women’ in which he fictitiously reported that of eleven women who ran their first Olympic 800 metres only one finished intact, resulting in women being barred from the race for the next 32 years!
The costume is constructed from dishcloths.