Masc / Mask

2016-2018, MW MijnliefJE

            Masc / Mask is an explorative work about masculinity. This series is ongoing research made in collaboration with subjects of multiple gender identities who self-identify with masculinity. The cultural conception of masculinity as an equal opposite of femininity is inherently oppressive, and operates from a differential presumption which is based in cissexism and the construct of binary gender identity. The goal of this work is to disrupt that dialectical gender essentialism by presenting the viewer with a confrontational images of human beings whose masculinity is expressed in diverse ways. Gender is fluid, complex, and cannot be catalogued, identified or bound by any knowledge structure.