British artist Henry Hussey will lead a life drawing class that subverts the white European male gaze and challenges notions of power. The participatory performance, titled The Collapse of History, invites viewers to draw the artist while he, too, is in the process of drawing another classical white male nude inspired by two antique sculptures of Capitoline Antinous and Discophorus outside the main UCL building. The work challenges the idea of objectification by placing both male models in position of vulnerability in which they lose their archetypal positions of strength and power.
This event is part of Forum: Of Hosts & Guests, a three-day series of artist performances, film screenings, talks and workshops exploring ideas of hospitality, hierarchy, ritual and belonging organised by Open Space and guest curated by Katherine Finerty.
Forum runs from Thursday 28 March - Saturday 30 March 2019 in Bloomsbury, London: University College London (UCL), Mary Ward House and Pushkin House. The programme on Friday 29 March takes place at UCL under the theme of "The University – Returning the Gaze". More information here.