Brandished across each salient memory, a rudimentary ‘why’ or ‘what for’ petitions to make sense of the objective world and, subsequently, our place in it.
Gender is among the earliest diagnoses of self-recognition. Coupled with a dense matrix of socio-cultural associations, it perpetuates through much of our worldview to confer actions, appearances and, even, inanimate objects with gender-specific traits.
In recent years, deepening dialogue on the social, political and economic equality of the sexes has catalyzed the exploration of gender psychology. These shifting dynamics warrant an investigation of the inherited, perceived and aspirational qualities of masculinity.
In Man Enough a diverse roster of male artists examine established gender norms through the lens of the human condition – a paradigm that accounts for individual idiosyncrasies, psychological nuances and cultural fluidity. Their singular experiences in this non-linear perimeter manifest an eclectic response to domestic power dynamics, the tenets of invulnerability, gender-neutrality and the consumption of commercialised sexuality.
With both humorous and poignant tact, the mixed media works juxtapose practised and primordial gender doctrine to distinguish between ‘Man’ and ‘Self’; thereby, reinterpreting the inherent chaos and adopted order of broad-brush masculinity in an evolving social construct.