Reading Time: < 1 minute In this event, the photographer reflects on his latest project, as he documents the invisible, ever present phenomenon of gender.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Informed by his experience as a millennial Western man, Lakin mediates on dated yet prevalent masculine stereotypes
Reading Time: 3 minutes To coincide with Portrait of Britain 2021, Vadoliya – who was shortlisted for the award last year – discusses Brotherhood: a project musing on the many ways to be a south Asian man in contemporary Britain
Reading Time: 3 minutes Duquesne’s first photobook is a sensual and comical exploration of performed acts of masculinity
Reading Time: 5 minutes If her images appear unsettling, that’s our own hang-ups, says Aneta Bartos, who photographed herself with her ageing father
Reading Time: 8 minutes Adopting a variety of guises and costumes, Samuel Fosso has spent a lifetime subverting cultural stereotypes with his performative self-portraits
Reading Time: 9 minutes Opening this week, a timely exhibition at the Barbican explores how masculinity has been coded and performed since the 1960s. We speak to curator Alona Pardo about destabilising and debunking the myths surrounding it.
Reading Time: 3 minutes “I’m interested in masculinity, and the small box that men are given to perform in,” says Matalon, whose first photobook explores the gentler side of masculinity and desire
Reading Time: 2 minutes Our first issue of 2020 is devoted to the Barbican’s forthcoming show on how masculinity is coded, performed, and socially constructed
Reading Time: 8 minutes “I’ve waited a long time to bring this book out and between Donald Trump and #MeToo, I don’t see how it could possibly be a better moment,” says Andrew Moisey from his office at Cornell University, New York, where he is an assistant professor in art history and visual studies. The book, The American Fraternity: An Illustrated Ritual Manual, is published by Daylight, and is looks at the secretive, ultra-masculine worlds of the fraternity houses that dominate US university life.
The image we now have of fraternities is very different from how they were when they first set up in the late 1700s. The initial male collegiate organisations were literary societies, where university students gathered to debate politics. Many had mottoes and names in Greek lettering, such as the first and perhaps more poignant Phi Beta Kappa in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Over the years these gave way to social societies in more universities around the US, recruiting members according to their race, religion and social status. Their exclusivity, need to differentiate and tradition of privacy were traits that gradually reached extremes in the modern day, and have now earned them a reputation of encouraging misogyny, bullying and elitism.