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Feminine / Masculine

A curated international photography exhibition

February 13 – March 7, 2020, Main gallery and Project Room                   newsletter

Robert S Johnson
Still life
There I Have Come From
The Stranger In Me No. 2
The Stranger In Me No. 4
Leaf Duet, Care
Leaf Duet, Love
New York, 2019
Being Barbara 12
Perchance to dream 30
Floral duo
Sexism No. 1
Sexism No. 3
Unknown Suspects No. 19
Akt 2019. 1112. 28/1.
The Girl with the Angel Tattoo
A Critique of Modern Art
About Gender
12.18pm Sanlitun
Ladies in Waiting
Unwholesome Shelter No. 03063
Unwholesome Shelter No. 03249
Femininty No. 3
Untitled, from ‘Imminent’, 2013
Untitled, from ‘Imminent’, 2013
Litost No. 2
Litost No. 4
Beard No. 3
Lip No. 3
Self-Portrait as Kenneth Anger
Holly Hurrelmeyer
Lana Dahmer and Jake Revolt
If I Were Magritte, Selfportrait
Pearl Necklaces
Peach margin No. 5
Azalea Trail Maid No. 1
"Tikverő", folk carnival makers
Floating Garden
Hazel No. 4
The christmas warrior No. 3
The Origin of Everything
Male Female Lara
Androgyny No. 1
Androgyny No. 5
God Save A Queen No. 1
God Save A Queen No. 2
Women in silent shadow No. 4
Women in silent shadow No. 5

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Portrayals of femininity and masculinity are, without doubt, central to a number of art forms, photography not being an exception. The past few decades have given rise to – often heated – discussions and criticisms of past, recent, and current photographic practices for their lack of reflection on the assumptions, stereotypes, and prejudices surrounding photographic approaches to femininity and masculinity. Fine art and commercial works alike have been critiqued for the potential consequences of their approach and presentation. Historically femininity and masculinity have been conceived, among others, as oppositions, as complements of each other, or as positions on a continuum. There are hardly any ways of portraying femininity and masculinity that would or could not be considered trivial, conservative, pretentious, demeaning, distasteful, clichéd or even offensive by some. It often seems that everything has been both said and photographed about this subject, and yet, it is not possible to ignore the persistence of the theme in our contemporary visual culture. What is it that we can still value and possibly revive from the rich history of photography; are there any novel ways left to approach this subject with a fresh critical eye?

Juror's choice

Robert S Johnson: Archetype

Honourable mentions

Magda Typiak: Untitled, from the series 'Presence'

Gabriella Vincze-Bába: Still life

Preda Pavel-Silviu: From the series 'Horry'

Exhibiting photographers

Lena Ash (Berlin, Germany), Ygor Bahia (Münster, Germany), Victoria Berger (Vienna, Austria), Filipe Bianchi (Lisboa, Portugal), Slim Blanks (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada), Bill Bowerman (Lawrence, KS, USA), Daniel John Bracken (London, UK), Eva Brunner (Berlin, Germany), Leonardo Cassi (Prague, Czech Republic), CsI Csapó Ida (Budapest, Hungary), Paul Delpani (Vienna, Austria), Gary Duehr (Somerville, MA, USA), Suzette Dushi (New York, NY, USA), Christopher N. Ferreria (San Diego, CA, USA), László Gálos (Salgótarján, Hungary), Nadide Goksun (Scarsdale, NY, USA) Tom Gore (North Saanich, BC, Canada), Pelin Guven (Beijing, China), Viktor Jáger (Hosszúhetény, Hungary), 江峰 Jiang Feng (New Taipei City, Taiwan), Robert S Johnson (New York, NY, USA), Aharon Kritzer (Shoham, Israel), Svetlana Lisichnikova (Rome, Italy), Jennifer Long (Toronto, Canada), Mär Martinez (Orlando, FL, USA), Yoshitaka Masuda (Tokyo, Japan), Dan McCormack (Accord, NY, USA), Trevor Messersmith (Poughkeepsie, NJ, USA), Matei Muntiu (Ipswich, UK), Preda Pavel-Silviu (Timisoara, Romania), Project Barbatype (Scott Hilton and Bryan Wing) (Richardson, TX, USA), Anelyn Radulescu (Bucharest, Romania), Marian Rubin (Montclair, NJ, USA), Oleksandr Rupeta (Kyiv, Ukraine), Adair Freeman Rutledge (Seattle, WA, USA), Szilárd Schlauszky (Székesfehérvár, Hungary), Leslie Sheryll (Jersey City, NJ, USA), Joanna Stawnicka (Glasgow, Scotland), Maja Strgar Kurecic (Zagreb, Croatia), Benita Suchodrev (Berlin, Germany), Zsolt Székelyhidi (Budapest, Hungary), Magda Typiak (Florence, Italy), Rebecca Uliczka (Berlin, Germany), Mo Verlaan (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Gabriella Vincze-Baba (Budapest, Hungary), Alexander Ward (London, UK), Veronica Grace Wolfgang (New York, NY, USA), Eiji Yamamoto (Saarbruecken, Germany)

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