Violence, eroticism and oppression converge as Rego’s deeply ambiguous work goes straight for the subconscious in this mesmerising retrospective
"The Tate wants to make an activist of Rego, and it is true that the radicalism of her early politics is there at the end, with paintings about human trafficking and genital mutilation. But the artist is ill-served by this reductive brief. Her gift is for the exact opposite: for deeply ambiguous and morally disturbing scenarios in which you are asked to think harder, feel more, be turned inside out. Ignore the captions and open yourself to the magical unease, the voodoo and catharsis of Rego’s art."