deconstructing masculinity with joseph wolfgang ohlert's poster boys
'POSTER BOYS,' the latest exhibition from feminist art collective Curated by GIRLS, explores what masculinity means today.
Feminist art collective Curated By GIRLS follows its debut exhibition, Freer in Berlin, with a new show that focuses on the work of Berlin-based artist Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert. Titled POSTER BOYS, the exhibition is series of portraits featuring a variety of young men. Deconstructing what it means to be a man, the exhibition calls into question the relevance of masculinity. What does masculinity look like today? Should it even exist as a concept?
"These are portraits of young men who I think are beautiful. Some I met through Facebook, Instagram, some are good friends," Joseph explains. "There are so many people out there I would love to have in my life, but I can't, so with the photos I'm taking of them I'm creating a connection we will have forever. I sometimes feel like if I don't take a picture of whoever I'm meeting, it doesn't actually feel like we have met."
"I had a huge crush on Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert's work and his vision of gender — that nobody's 100% man or woman," Curated by GIRLS co-founder Laetitia Duveau explains. "I had the chance to have Joseph's amazing book Gender As A Spectrum exhibited in my first group show. And I wanted to celebrate this great talent more in depth. I am beyond excited that he accepted to take part in this next show."
Text Tish Weinstock
Photography Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert