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Feb 26, 2020 6:00pm - 7:30pm talk/event
In Flux: Masculinity, Queer Identity and the Performance of Self
Camberwell Space invites you to a Panel Discussion, in conjunction with the exhibition Caroline May, Male Imperatives
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 has contributed 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.
About the exhibition
Caroline May, Male Imperatives
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 institutionalise definitions of gender, identity and social behaviour.
Curated by Vassilios Doupas.
Free. Please reserve a place.
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