Curated by Girls will present “New Masculinity” exhibition at Blender Studio, in association with Prod.Exe, on November 11 & 12, 2017.
In an effort to expose the softness of this world, Curated By GIRLS couldn’t be more excited to present “New Masculinity” to its audience. The IRL show will feature the works of 4 Artists who joined forces for this one time event:
Annika Weertz (Germany)
Joseph Barrett (England)
Liam Warton (Sweden)
Phoebe Jane Barrett (England/ Germany)
The 4 creatives found each other on instagram as they were all exploring a new and different portrayal of masculinity.
After exchanging online, they felt like the growing interest for women and all-girls projects, was perpetuating the gender inequality we are all fighting against. They decided to team up in order to drive attention to this topic.
“ In a very sensitive time, where many women are still victims of violence from men, it is important to show that men are not all macho beasts craving for power. Many men have a very strong feminine side. We want to celebrate the beauty and evolution of masculinity.”
LAETITIA DUVEAU – Curated By GIRLS
ANNIKA WEERTZ – Gießen, Germany
Annika Weertz (b. 1991) is a German photographer, currently living and studying in Gießen. She uses photography as a tool to express herself and to escape the routine of the outside world working with digital and analogue formats. Her work mainly focuses on intimacy, love and calm moments. Furthermore, she documents the personal closeness in her private life. Her work also exploresher view on masculinity capturing male vulnerability and fragility.
“We are all aware of certain features that are linked to the definition of
masculinity. A man should be strong and tough. Men should hardly cry and
do not get overly emotional because society could think that these traits
make a man soft or even ‚gay‘ — the ultimate anti-man. I want to capture
their vulnerability, their fragility, their soft side. Because we are all people
with similar feelings. And while women are feeling pressured into looking a
certain way, I think that man are experiencing this pressure, too.”
JOSEPH BARRETT – London, Uk
Joseph Barrett is a photographer based and working in London. In his last photographic project he focused on the issues around postmodern masculinity.
The ‘Male Gaze’ – A photo series by Joseph Barrett.
“In the winter of 2016, I aimlessly started photographing some of my male
friends. These photographs has since grown and developed into a personal
photo series. The title for this series was very much inspired by my personal
distaste for the heavily gender influenced industry. I think it is necessary for
people to see photographs without implications of gender and sexual orientation,
I wanted the photos from this series to stand on it’s own, un-interrupted
by my own (the photographers) gender and preferences. While working on
this series, I also wanted to play around with the idea of a postmodern masculinity.
As I feel that in today’s society the definition of masculinity is changing,
and it is important for us to recognise beauty in all its variations.”
LIAM WARTON – Stockholm, Sweden
Liam Warton (b. 1990) lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Liam focuses his camera on things that affect him personally and mostly photographs family and friends. His work aims to question norm critique, identity and masculinity.
“Masculinity and femininity can be viewed as social constructions. Something
that first appears to be rigid and natural, but in reality something fluid, habitual
and interchangeable. The structures maintaining gender norms are complex and
are entrenched in society.
My aim with this series is to reconsider “the norm”; this one-dimensional
stereotypical portrayal of men as being strong, sexual and powerful.
An alternative way of depicting masculinity.”
– “Men are not so much gifted with penises as cursed with them”, Stephen King
PHOEBE JANE BARRETT – Berlin, Germany
Phoebe Jane Barrett (b. 1995) is an analogue photographer and founding editor of print publication, HYLAS. Originally from northern England, she now resides in Berlin where she continues to explore themes of vulnerability, tenderness and fragility through her imagery. Utilising film and Polaroid formats for their inimitable softness and depth, her work is often personal and intimate, exploring the connection to herself and those around her whilst aiming to create a soft world to inhabit momentarily. Through her work, she also aims to challenge accepted notions of masculinity.
“We live in a society where many aspects of toxic masculinity are considered
accepted and inherent characteristics of maleness. This is evidently damaging
to men who grow up with a pressure to exist and act in the world in a specific
way. It is fundamentally important that we challenge accepted notions
and promote an idea of masculinity which is instead characterised by respect,
non-violence and empathy. My work looks to explore this through the softer
portrayal of men, with my connection to the subject often allowing me to capture
a more vulnerable, tender side.”