Exhibition

Andrew J Burford & Constantin Hartenstein. Mighty Good Men

25 May 2018 – 8 Jul 2018

Event times

Mon 18.06. 8pm | Artist talk
with Andrew J Burford and Constantin Hartenstein
(ger. and engl.)

Sat 30.06. 8pm | Performances
Araburlesque – Yousef Iskandar
Man in the Mirror - A Night of Karaoke With All Songs About Men
with Andrew J Burford and Drag King Sascha Sehrschön

Galerie im Turm

Berlin
Zehlendorf, Germany

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The exhibition project Mighty Good Men investigates the complexity and plurality of masculinity. What is defined as masculine? What form and function do conceptions of masculinity have in a predominantly heteronormative culture?

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Working with various materials, Andrew J Burford and Constantin Hartenstein create images that move between softness and hardness, vulnerability and strength, stereotypes, ideals and personal intimacies.

Here, masculinity is understood to be a process-based and vulnerable state of being that must be constantly reconstructed and proven. Plural forms of masculinity are placed in contrast with a singular so-called toxic masculinity, which does not tolerate expressions of weakness and emotion. Mighty Good Men points towards the fragility of this traditional concept, which is increasingly demystified.

The artists consistently draw reference from moments of pop and subculture. In doing so, they grapple not only with dominant modes, but also with the bodily practices of queer masculinities. Complemented by an accompanying programme, the exhibition both investigates and challenges the constructed nature of gender in general, and masculinity in particular.

Exhibiting artists

Andrew J Burford

Constantin Hartenstein

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