Exhibition on masculinity in the Gropius-Bau
What does masculinity look like? When does it become toxic? And where is the demarcation to female motives?
The work "The Nazis"" (1998/2019) by Piotr Uklanski is on display in the exhibition.
In the exhibition "Masculinities: Liberation through Photography" (October 16 to January 10), the Gropius-Bau traces the development in the photographic representation of concepts of masculinity. The show in collaboration with the Barbican Centre London brings together more than 300 works by 50 artists. Among the prominent names are Laurie Anderson, Richard Avedon, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Peter Hujar, Robert Mapplethorpe, Annette Messager and Wolfgang Tillmans. There are also series and individual works by lesser-known photographers to be discovered.
Examination of masculinity in all its varieties
Stephanie Rosenthal, director of Gropius Bau, sees the exhibition as "a nuanced examination of masculinities in all their facets and nuances". To this end, curator Alona Pardo of the Barbican Centre London created the presentation in chapters such as "The Shaking of the Archetype", "Male Order: Power, Patriarchy and Space" or "Too Close to Home: Family and Fatherhood".
Clichés and cliché break at the same time
Traditional clichés and relevant depictions of strength and power can be found as well as the handling of conscious change - up to new clichés - such as "queering masculinity" with new aesthetics from the openly acting gay scene since the 1960s.
"The Reconquest of the Black Body" deals with the effort to counter a white view of blacks with new aspects. Perspectivity is also at issue in "Women over Men: Revising the Male Gaze," for example, with a small series by Marianne Wex on the foot and leg positions of women and men in portrait photographs.
© Rotimi Fani-Kayode
16 October 2020 to 10 January 2021
The exhibition «Masculinities: Liberation through Photography» at Gropius Bau offers a photographic examination of the masculine in all its contradiction and complexity.
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