Masculinities: Liberation through Photography

16 October 2020 to 10 January 2021

Featuring works by Laurie Anderson, Richard Avedon, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Isaac Julien, Annette Messager and Wolfgang Tillmans, a comprehensive group exhibition at the Gropius Bau titled Masculinities: Liberation through Photography explores the ways in which masculinity is experienced, performed and socially constructed from the 1960s to the present day.

Sunil Gupta, Untitled 22

Sunil Gupta, Untitled 22. from the series Christopher Street, 1976

© Sunil Gupta & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, Courtesy: the artist & Hales Gallery

Workshops and guided tours of the exhibition
All dates

At a time when ideas around masculinity are undergoing a global crisis and concepts such as “toxic” and “fragile” masculinity are shaping social discourse, over 300 works by 50 international artists such as Laurie Anderson, Richard Avedon, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Peter Hujar, Isaac Julien, Annette Messager, Catherine Opie and Wolfgang Tillmans offer a panorama of filmic and photographic explorations of masculinity rife with contradictions and complexity. Touching on themes of patriarchy, power, queer identity, race, class, sexuality, hypermasculine stereotypes as well as female perceptions of men, the works present masculinity as an unfixed, performative identity.

Curated by Alona Pardo, Barbican Centre

Organised by Barbican Centre, London

As part of EMOP Berlin - European Month of Photography 2020


Kindly supported by Freifrau Manufaktur
Partners: Wall, Bouvet
Media partners: Monopol, KubaParis, rbbKultur, Inforadio