HE: Questioning and Queering “Masculinity” (2017)


Last Projects, 206 South Ave. 20 Los Angeles, C.A., 90012

Opening Night: 31 March – 12 May 2017

Co-curators Robert Summers & Stiofan O’Ceallaigh

HE is an exhibition that explores contemporary trans*, gay, and queer artists who, as the curators see their work, question and/or queer “masculinity”—especially as defined, still, by patriarchal Euro-American culture.  In the works presented, the male subject is represented in ways that undermine or ignore the dominant ideal and performance of the “masculine,” male subject, and in this way, HE is un-done. 16402303_217709882027600_1501700504_n.jpg

This questioning of “masculinity” has been going on for decades—first through feminism, then LGBT studies, and finally to queer theory and queer feminism, which has been called a “crisis of masculinity.” Such arguments have allowed for the emergence of other forms of “masculinity.”  But, as of late, there has been the reawakening of what can be called “toxic masculinities,” which can be seen in the rise of Trumpism, Brexit, and a more global return to so-called “traditional values”—which simultaneously is surfacing altogether other forms of queer activism and visual culture that are at odds with the re-embracing of dominant “masculinity.”

With the inauguration and implementation of the Trump administration, artists are looking more inwards at renewed revolutionary, European ideals such as liberty, equality, and justice.  America is no longer the center in this global era and HE reflects this by showcasing works by international artists such Matt Lambert, Gio Black Peter, Florian Hetz, Patrick Church, Matthias Herrmann, Abel Azcona and Slava Mogutin. This is reflected by the curatorial team, and their desire to create visual dialogues between artists, and thus make an intricate and compelling argument about other “masculinities.”

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If one question can be asked, one that underlines this exhibition, it is: “How can we accept new modes of performing ‘masculinity’—such as tender masculinities, femme masculinities, and queer masculinities—in a way that the very term “masculinity” may no longer be of any use or meaning?”



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(Curator): Robert Summers PhD:

(Curator): Stiofan O’Ceallaigh:



By Stiofan O'Ceallaigh

Stiofan O'Ceallaigh is a multi-media artist and curator born in Ireland, currently working between the USA and Europe. O'Ceallaigh is also founder of Balaclava.Q - An international Queer Arts Project & Collective (Established 2016) .

Working internationally, exhibiting mainly across Europe and N/S. America O'Ceallaigh's focus is an exploration of the understanding of a queer aesthetic, if indeed, there is one.

A personal journey, and an acknowledgement to the status flux, O'Ceallaighs work seeks to emancipate those who know it, simply by promoting discourse around areas such as HIV, queer art censorship, body politic and internalised shame/stigma>pride, and fundamentally an effort to reduce hate... in all its forms.

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