I believe that, whilst improving with time, masculinity is often very restrictive of the emotions of young men, encouraging supposedly masculine traits such as ruggedness, heterosexuality, strength, aggression and a ‘bottling up’ of vulnerability, self-compassion, self-expression and self acceptance.
In the UK and ROI, the number of young-middle aged male suicides is increasing and I believe this lack of openness and vulnerability has contributed to this.
I am currently working on a project entitled ‘Veneer’ which seeks to uncover and exhibit the vulnerabilities, fears and hopes that can often be concealed and shrouded by dominant paradigms of masculinity. By encouraging self-expression, ‘Veneer’ attempts to achieve nothing less than the eradication of toxic forms of masculinity.
Are you a young or middle aged man or masculine-identifying individual, aged 14- let’s say…60 ? Please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The only important factor is a desire to catch you in as authentic a way as possible.
Please share this to anyone you believe would be interested.
Collaborations are very welcome.