The continuing project Helium-4 uses performance and self-portraiture to deconstruct the myth of masculinity, binary sexuality and gender roles. The title Helium-4 derives from an element that at the right temperature and pressure can exist as two solids, a liquid and a gas, this is an analogy of fluid sexuality and is rooted in the photographer’s personal experience. This particular element of the work focuses on the male body alongside objects that are often linked to gender stereotypes. These objects add an unsettling tone to the images, giving a quiet aggression to the series. With this project he inverts his own male gaze, first to understand, then to re-frame masculinity to keep pace with an evolving worldview.
Lewis Brown • Alice Cockburn • Alex Colley • Brandon Dare • Matthew Keenan • Mogan Selvakannu • Patrick Wassmann • Liam Webb •