Masculinities: 300 Photos to Tell of Contemporary Man

Masculinities: 300 Photos to Tell of Contemporary Man
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What does it mean to be a man in the XXI Century? The world changes rapidly amid a thousand contradictions while the concept of masculinity is at the centre of a heated debate. At the Barbican Center, over 50 artists present their vision of masculinity, highlighting how photography and the cinema reflect reality and, at the same time, give it form. From Richard Avedon to Annette Messager, from Laurie Anderson to Robert Mapplethorpe, from Jeremy Deller to Tracey Moffatt, we see just how gender is variable and how it mutates according to social and cultural factors. There are also recent points of view from the last generation of photographers and directors, capable of destabilising even the most longstanding myths. For example, Sam Contis, after four years in an all-men’s college, plays with the stereotypes of the West and cowboys, meditating on the intimacy and violence that coexist in masculine spaces. In five sections, the exhibition moves from the ‘60s to today, moving from the most diverse realities - from the LGBT Community of San Francisco (Peter Hujar, Catherine Opie) to the portraits of Taliban fighters found in Kandahar during the war in Afghanistan (Thomas Dworzak), from the Men-Only clubs in the London of Thatcher (Karen Knorr) to the transformation of the gay body in the gym (Trans by Cassils), to the African-American male (Hank Willis Thomas) or the Japanese family man (Masahisa Fukase).
Francesca Grego - © 2020 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London