Masculinities at the Barbican

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From 20 February – 17 May 2020, the Barbican in London will focus on the codes, interpretations and meanings of Masculinity. The exhibition titled Masculinities: Liberation through Photography will include the work of fifty seminal artists, photographers and filmmakers from the 1960s to today including Jeremy Deller, Peter Hujar, Kenneth Anger, Annette Messager, Catherine Opie, Collier Schorr and many more.

Jane Alison, Head of Visual Arts, Barbican, said: ‘ In the wake of the #MeToo movement and the resurgence of feminist and men’s rights activism, traditional notions of masculinity has become a subject of fierce debate. This exhibition could not be more relevant and will certainly spark conversations surrounding our understanding of masculinity.’

The highly anticipated exhibition will feature six sections which will explore themes including queerness, stereotypes, and patriarchy. Laurie Anderson’s seminal work Fully Automated Nikon (Object/Objection/Objectivity), from 1973, which examines the men who cat-called her as she walked through New York’s Lower East Side will be one of the highlights prompting a sharp and intelligent analysis what it means to be a man throughout history and geographies.