14 September — 25 October, 2012
The modern business suit’s sartorial roots, as a symbol of power and masculinity, originated with the rise of Industrialism. However, since the 1970s women have been increasingly transgressing gender roles, leaving contemporary man uncertain about his masculine identity. Progressively, words such as independent and strong began to be used to positively describe women. As a consequence, the flux in gender roles brought about an upheaval in how we define masculinity. Subsequently, this crisis opened the door for men to explore the repressed aspects of their identity and move beyond societal norms.
"Just like the action painting of artists such as Jackson Pollock or the monochrome paintings by Yves Klein, the images are the direct results of a painterly gesture." - Maria Friberg
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