A Typology of Masculinity
My work questions social constructions within gender and identity. Depicting men that epitomise the 5 stereotypes of hegemonic masculinity; The Boss, Stud, Provider, Joker and Warrior, I encourage viewers to contemplate other dimensions of my subject's characters within my portraits, instead of celebrating socially dominant masculinity. Displaying vulnerability (physical or mental) falls outside of hegemonic masculine characteristics and equates to a loss of dominance in social hierarchy. A public admission of weakness in their health by seeking help is not common place in society. It comes as no surprise that men are 32% less likely to visit a doctor and suicide is the biggest killer in men under 45 in the UK.
Luke Archer • Andy Cope • Jason Dimmock • Lauren Forster • Sarah Goad • Jon Mackenzie •