Artists Aleksander Nжrbш, ChongYan Liu, Liu Renjun, Matvei Matveev, Ruiqi Ge, Shujing Huang, Tristan Gittens, Wang Ziyu, Xia Xueyang and Yan Xiangfei works blend visual images and symbols of males into objects to be observed; some indirectly outlined the presence of males by portraying relationships; some manifested postures on gender and identity-related issues. Through various perspectives focusing on the same topic they invite the audience to reflect on gender, identity, expectations and self-image.
Masculinity implies a set of behaviours, figures or interests that are typical and "appropriate" for biological males. Many qualities and features, positive or negative, are sometimes attributed to masculinities or "kidnapped" into this gender role.
This concept not only constrains males in some cases but also oppresses other genders: when declaring that males should behave in specific modes, it implicitly indicates that other genders shall not do so，and vice versa. Today, one of the achievements of gender studies is that people have started to realise that masculinity is a paradigm, a social construct rather than a natural fact. Traits related to this concept have become blurred and uncertain as people gain more insights into themselves and society. Perhaps these predetermined traits will no longer be valid at some point in the future.
Wu Dalin & Wen Zihan