(In)voluntary Masculinity, Becoming A Greek God.

26 Oct 2017 – 28 Oct 2017

Event times

6 till 9 Oct 26th 12 till 8 Oct 28th NOT OPEN FRIDAY

Cost of entry


Doomed Gallery

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus 38, 56, 149, 277
  • Dalston Kingsland, Dalston Junction rail

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“It’s a response to the sexualisation of the younger male body we see in the media and other billion dollar media platforms such as Instagram and I wanted to subvert this as an older male by placing myself in the portraits.”


(in)Voluntary Masculinity, becoming a Greek God- is about identity and how much do we knowingly and unwittingly volunteer to this masculine ideal embedded in popular culture. It is a series of portraits taken by over twenty photographers (emerging and experienced). “I gave them all the same brief and each one had full creative control except that I had to be their model.” McGreal says, “by becoming these ideals, I explore what masculinity and identity means in modern life. I wanted to reimagine masculinity being challenging the male gaze and even the female gaze.” The most truthful way to create this exhibition, was to collaborate with many outside eyes and have a curiosity set in.”  McGreal likes his work to have a whiff of curiosity and participation,  ”I’m always trying to find ways of discovering things about people and in the process discover more about myself.”

The classic Greek ideal saturates every aspect of the media. From entertainment and politics to social media and our work place. The idea our identity still hinges on replicating the Classic Greeks has become the mass ideal subject matter. “Look at how many guys, from all over the world are posting on social media platforms, their sculptured Greek bodies.” McGreal says, “I was looking to the Greeks with a vivid curiosity. It was a true medium of expression, a reflection of beauty, and contemplation led to a kind of truth. That become the foundation.”

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