Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography

Adi Nes  Credit: Adi Nes, Untitled, from the series Soldiers, 1999. Courtesy Adi Nes & Praz-Delavallade Paris, Los Angeles.

A newly reopened and extended exhibition at the Barbican in London through Aug. 23—“Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography”—features over 300 works by more than 50 international photographers, artists and filmmakers exploring how masculinity has been coded, performed, and socially constructed from the 1960s to the present day. The exhibition will travel to Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau from October until January and likely throughout Europe afterward. 

Catherine Opie  Credit: Catherine Opie, Football Landscape #17 (Waianae vs. Leilehua, Waianae, HI), 2009. From the series High School Football, 2007–9. © Catherine Opie. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Thomas Dane Gallery, London.
Peter Hujar Credit: Peter Hujar, David Brintzenhofe Applying Makeup (II), 1982. © 1987 The Peter Hujar Archive LLC. Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.
Samuel Fosso Credit: Samuel Fosso, Self-portrait from the series 70s Lifestyle, 1975–78. © Samuel Fosso. Courtesy Jean Marc Patras, Paris.
Catherine Opie Credit: Catherine Opie, Bo from “Being and Having”, 1991. © Catherine Opie, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles; Thomas Dane Gallery, London; and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
Karlheinz Weinberger Credit: Karlheinz Weinberger, Horseshoe buckle, 1962 © Karlheinz Weinberger. Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris.
Rotimi Fani-Kayode Credit: Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Untitled, c. 1985. © Rotimi Fani-Kayode. Courtesy of Autograph, London.