Boys’ Room


Tina Barney, The Son, 1987 (2.1998.a)


Gregory Crewdson, Untitled, 1998 (9.2001)

Gran Fury, Read My Lips (boys), 1988 (1138.2000)

David Seidner, [Pavlos, Prince of Greece], ca. 1994 (2007.65.13)


Sheng Qi, Memories (Me), 2000 (7.2004)

The son becomes the part of the future family that takes place in the mind of the viewers.

Constructs of masculinity vary across historical and cultural contexts. I would like to question the set of qualities, characteristics, or roles generally considered typical of, or rather appropriate to, a man in our society. This selection is based on the stereotyped expectations of the inappropriate mindset of the growing up teenager. What images he would look at or rather what images he would have on his computer desktop nowadays? Who is his hero and who he would like to become when he grew up? I am interested in the narrative quality of photographs that opens up the discussion for the wider context. How by looking at photographs we assume and create stories in our heads. This curatorial decision of selecting images shared with the viewers is presented to open the dialogue of reading images through personal selection rather than based on the historical or project related context. I am interested in presenting both: documentary and staged work to create a whole new spectrum of the constructed narrative, and the play between curator and viewers.

Kasia Gumpert, ICP-Bard 2014

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