Liberation through Photography

22.10.2021 - 13.03.2022
On show

Liberation through Photography

Untitled, c. 1985 © Rotimi Fani-Kayode
8 ADI 1
Adi Nes, Untitled, from the series Soldiers, 1999
David Brintzenhofe Applying Makeup (II), 1982 © 1987 The Peter Hujar Archive LLC; Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
1 Catherine Opie Bo from Being and Having 1991
Bo from “Being and Having”, 1991 Collection of Gregory R. Miller and Michael Wiener © Catherine Opie, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles; Thomas Dane Gallery, London; and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Untitled 22 from the series Christopher Street, 1976 Courtesy the artist and Hales Gallery. © Sunil Gupta. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2019

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography is an ambitious group exhibition on the subject of masculinity that explorest the myriad ways that masculinity is experienced, performed and constructed through film and photography from the 1960s to the present day.

The exhibition includes over fifty pioneering international artists, photographers and filmmakers, including Richard Avedon, Rineke Dijkstra, Peter Hujar, Isaac Julien, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Robert Mapplethorpe, Catherine Opie and Wolfgang Tillmans.

Masculinities challenges societal expectations and gender norms. The exhibition rejects the concept of “the ideal man” and presents the argument for multiple forms of masculinity. At a time when the media is fascinated by terms such as “toxic” and “fragile” masculinity, this exhibition examines the masculine in all its complexity, touching on themes of queer identity, power and patriarchy, hypermasculine stereotypes, the black body, fatherhood, and the female gaze. 

Exhibition organised by Barbican Centre, London and curated by Alona Pardo.
This exhibition has previously been shown at Martin-Gropius Bau in Berlin and Les Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles.

In co-creation with artist and entrepreneur Jaouad Alloul, FOMU has put together an extensive list of activities. Various speakers and artists will shine their light on what masculinities can mean today in a multi-voice program.

More about the activities TBA