Since the #metoo movement, forms of male sexual violence and abuse of power have been widely scrutinized. The focus on ‘toxic masculinity’ affects our perception of male sexuality, which significantly affects men’s self-image and self-esteem. Men are shamed by others for their cross-border and contemptuous attitude; and they are intrinsically ashamed of their own mistakes or of the virulent patterns and traditions within the “Western” conception of masculinity.
Shame! and Maculinity examines both of these points of view. It looks at the representation of different aspects of masculinity, such as sexuality, nudity, fatherhood, male violence, rape, fascism and men and war. The book shows various works of art that address the subtleties and contradictions inherent in these sociocultural constructions and realities.
Shame! and Masculinity is hybrid in genre; short stories are combined with scientific essays, personal testimonials and provocative and intimate artist contributions. The book reflects on the many meanings of masculinity, from different perspectives. These ‘masculinity’ issues, which play a significant role in contemporary society, but also in our personal experience, in history and in our own body, are explored in a differentiated manner in order to offer ample scope for other and new forms of imagination.
This is the second instalment in the PLURAL series. PLURAL focuses on the intersection between identity, power, representation and emancipation, and how this is expressed within the arts and other cultural practices. The PLURAL parts want to do justice to the multitude of voices, experiences and perspectives in society and in the arts, with new and critical insights from cultural and social scientists, artists, activists, art professionals and theorists. In doing so, the series aims to address the history, contemporary and future meaning of these various positions and their mutual relationships. Feminist Art Activisms and Artivisms (Valiz, 2020) is the first book in the PLURAL series.
H401 organizes the exhibition ‘Shame !: Exploring Masculinities’ , curated by Ernst van Alphen, and organizes workshops and other events, from October 23, 2020 to January 31, 2021. Ernst van Alphen is Professor of Literary Studies at the Leiden University Center for the Arts in Society. He has published many books about Armando, the Holocaust, memory and the archive, among others. He is the curator of ‘Shame! and Masculinities’ at H401, Amsterdam
208 pages, 17 x 23.5 cm
Published by Valiz