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Caroline May: Male Imperatives

Event date
17 January 2020 - 7 March 2020 (10am to 6pm)
Caroline May: Male Imperatives

Opening Event: Thursday 16 January, 6 - 9pm

Open: Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm, Saturday 12pm - 4pm

Caroline May’s work explores the performance of masculinity, the social and cultural construction of gender and the divergence of desire through a series of portraits, landscapes and collages.

In her ongoing series, The Hustler, the artist reverses the power dynamic between photographer and subject by directing her female gaze towards the male subject. The exhibition will also include a series of collages, which feature imagery appropriated from fashion editorials in which the artist intervenes by ‘erasing’ the features of the model, therefore stripping them of a fixed gender.

May’s work is a reflection on the duplicitous nature of photography, and how the medium is being used to impose and institutionalze definitions of gender, identity and social behaviour.

Curated by Vassilios Doupas.

About the artist

Caroline May (b. 1975) lives and works in Athens. Recent solo exhibitions include ONE Archives, Los Angeles and The Freud Museum, London. Selected group exhibitions include Monodrome: Athens Biennial curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, Charlottenburg Kunsthalle in Copenhagen and Contemporary Art Centre Barcelona.

Exhibition event - Panel Discussion, Wednesday 26 February, 6 - 7.30pm

In Flux: Masculinity, Queer Identity, and the Performance of Self

Vassilios Doupas (Curator), Prem Sahib (Artist), E-J Scott (Museum of Transology)


Vassilios Doupas is Curator of Programmes at the Contemporary Arts Society in London, a charitable organization that acquires contemporary art for 70 museums around the UK, including Tate, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Scottish National Galleries. Previously, Vassilios was the Head of Fundraising for the Athens Biennial. He has worked closely with both emerging and established artists and has organised and advised on a number of exhibitions at galleries and public institutions including the Whitechapel. He contributes frequently to Art Monthly and The Art Newspaper (Greek edition). Vassilios holds an MA in Curatorial Practice from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Prem Sahib (b.1982 London,England) previously studied at The Slade School of Fine Art 2002-06 and has an MA in Material & Visual Culture from University College London (2006-08). Sahib’s practice incorporates both sculpture and painting that appears abstract and minimal, formally clean and precise. However each is work arises from convictions regarding sexuality, intimacy, desire, and community. The work deals with notions of encounter and presence, codifying minimalist forms with anecdote. Most recently his practice has expanded to include installation and event-based work.

E-J Scott is a curator, fashion historian, academic and cultural producer. His work currently focusses on using historic collections to tackle societal misconceptions of misrepresented communities, harnessing the social agency of museums to create broader positive social change through museology and exhibition making. This includes curating the Queer Walk Through British Art and Queer & Now at Tate Britain, the Museum of Transology at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, his previous work at the National Trust (Assistant Costume Curator) writing and co-presenting the Prejudice and Pride podcast series with Clare Balding, and his role on Grayson Perry’s series Born Risky.

Free. Please reserve a place.

Image: Caroline May, Untitled, c-print, 30x30cm.

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