The complex power relations established on a deeply unequal society is one of the more pressing questions of our times.
Patriarchy has chosen the male body as a home. It is the male body that embodies war, politics, power, property, nation, space and violence are all manifest and embodied in and by the male body. It is the male body too that imposes and naturalizes another seemingly strong structure: the State.
Male figure and state questions are entangled and become one; having said that, one understands that the State and its peculiarities are incorporated by HABITUS – the principle unifying practice – and which is acquired through life in a society that perpetuates power structures through conditioning behavior.
Thus, State values such as riches, political power, influence, property and cultural capital are valued surpluses that manifest themselves in the physical bodies by means of beauty standarts, youth, virility and physical prowess; the visual codes displayed by fashion, brand allegiance ostentation and consumer goods; manifestations of the dominant sexual matrix, inherited traces such as race, belief and culture. These values pile up. Certain bodies display more of those qualities desired by the State, consequently they possess more social capital, thus they enjoy more freedom, have more rights and are overall more privileged through a collective recognition of these values.
There are other bodies – displaying less social capital – which must be watched upon closely, punished, averted, ignored or simply killed off when ideologically aligned with those traces displayed by dominant bodies of State and patriarchy. Such complex system takes place by mechanisms of masculinity, machism, colonialism, the heterossexual matrix, eurocentrism and whiteness.
Accumulating characteristics which are dear to the State grants man the social upperhand, in a clear correlation between accumulation of capital and the possibility of accomplishing things: the logic of capitalism.
Capital Body – The Exhibition
Through his research on masculinities, Francisco Hurtz uncovers mechanisms for maintaining power structures and maintaining inequality by repeating patterns of socially acceptable lives, strategic social silencing, marginalization, elimination of unwanted bodies, and naturalization of violence against minorities, through Of the breakdown of the representation of Man in the Visual Arts
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