Boys by Girls: Portrayals of Masculinity by Women Photographers | AnOther

In a series of rooms set over two floors in the Barbican Centre, new exhibition Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography showcases the work of nearly 60 image-makers who address the complexities and contradictions of what it means to be masculine. The mammoth show features work dating back to the 1960s until the present day – totalling almost 300 pieces – by photographers who eschew or subvert traditional notions of masculinity. At a time when the actions of men are scrutinised and we are well-versed in what might constitute hegemonic, toxic, or fragile masculinity, Liberation Through Photography explores the varied nuances of the male experience, beyond stereotypes, and how they have played out in artistic imagery over the decades.

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