BARBICAN ART GALLERY - Want to see the works in real life? Book your ticket now to visit the show when it opens on Mon 13 July.
Last Monday, I visited this exhibition on the gallery's kind invitation. There was plenty to see.
Men - loved, fetishized, objectified, adored, empathized with, hated - all the spectrum.Yet, when I went out through the exit end, I was thinking "More, more. It could have been much more" and indeed, I needed much more loving, fetishization, objectification , adoration , empathization, hatred. As everything that comes late, when needed, this exhibition is a good, yet insufficient beginning of the big, long rethinking and reconsideration of ... Masculinities, with plenty of beautiful work exhibited.
My favorite series are:
'Taliban portraits' by Thomas Dwarzak to which I laughed at the top of my voice. I absolutely adored those.
A very beautiful and tender series of family portraits taken upon twenty years, by a Japanese photographer whose name I have forgotten to note.
And the two narrative series : 'Exiles' 1987/2015 by Sunil Gupta telling of the photographer's many and lengthy strolls through his hometown New Delhi; and 'Fully Automated Nikon' 1973 by Laurie Anderson telling of the photographer's strolls through New York.
And many many more.
Later that evening, Facebook, the one that "cares about you and the memories that you share" reminded me that nine years ago, I have shared a picture of four naked rugby players. As a proof that, after all, nothing in this world changes.
We the least.
These impressions were written shortly before Lockdown on 26 February