Contemporary Photography and Masculinity with Alona Pardo on Vimeo on Demand
Curator Alona Pardo delivers a masterclass examining the representation of masculinity through contemporary photography. She explores the varieties of representation, from heteronormative masculinity and female masculinity to marginalised and queer masculinities, and more.
Building on her recent exhibition Masculinities: Liberation through Photography, Pardo asks among other questions: how does hegemonic masculinity perform itself and by extension who does it exclude? By looking at the work of artists including Hank Willis Thomas, Sunil Gupta, Catherine Opie, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Elle Pérez, Sam Contis, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Cassils, Karen Knorr, Clare Strand and Liz Johnson Artur, in conjunction with texts by James Baldwin, Judith Butler, Jack Halberstam, Paul Preciado, R.W. Connell and bell hooks, Pardo looks at how photography has been both a political tool to reinforce heteropatriarchal dominance, while also being an agent of resistance and change.
Alona Pardo is a senior curator at Barbican Art Gallery, London, with a focus on photography and film. Recent exhibitions and publications include Masculinities: Liberation through Photography (2020); Trevor Paglen: From ‘Apple’ to ‘Anomaly’ (2019); Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins (2018), Vanessa Winship: And Time Folds (2018), Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing (2018), and Richard Mosse: Incoming (2017).
bell hooks – We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity (Routledge, 2003).
Michael Kimmel – Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era (New York: Bold Type Books, 2013).
Jean Bobby Noble – Masculinities without Men?: Female Masculinity in Twentieth-Century Fictions (UBC Press, 2004).
Rowena Chapman and John Rutherford (eds.) – Male Order: Unwrapping Masculinity (Lawrence & Wishart, 1987).
Judith Butler – Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (Routledge, 2006).
R. W. Connell – Masculinities (Polity, 2005).
Michael Kimmel – Manhood in America: A Cultural History (Oxford University Press, 2011).
Thelma Golden – Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art (Whitney Abrams, 1994).
Judith Halberstam – Female Masculinity (Duke University of Press, 1998).
Robert Bly – Iron John: A Book About Men (Da Capo Press, 2015).
Jordan B. Peterson – 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Penguin, 2019).
Bruce Feirstein – Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche: A Guidebook to All That is Truly Masculine (Pocket Books, 1982).
Andrew Moisey – The American Fraternity: An Illustrated Ritual Manual (Daylight Books, 2018).
Hans Eijkelboom, With My Family
Kalen Na’il Roach
Paul Mpagi Sepuya
Hank Willis Thomas