Visual Representations of Metrosexuality

An event that seeks to address the question related to men and masculinity. The exhibition is being held as part of 'Met-Fest', a 10-day event of screenings, talks, readings on varying aspects of contemporary urban masculanity.

The term 'Metro- sexuality' is said to have been coined by British journalist Mark Simpson in 1994 and it's worldwide, widespread popularity has brought about radical transformations in traditional masculanity. The spotlight is on men like never before. The event attempts to celebrate masculanity in varied art forms including visual art, music, theatre and more.

The vision is to tap the inherent potential of art forms, to exploit their power to communicate and enrich, to make them a part of everyday life again - living idioms. ia, it is time to rethink culture in the contemporary context. Today, culture is increasingly being cut off from roots that have nourished it for centuries. The mammoth process of rethinking culture in the contemporary context has begun.

The art exhibition, as part of 'Met-Fest' perceives how masculinity has been metamorphosed as an idea. As the organizers put it: ''There is definitely the need to get outside perspectives. We tend to put different mediums in their own little compartments, especially in the urban art scene, so we miss the sense of how Indian pop art and culture have affected masculinity.'' These works force us to think, as much as they amuse us about the instability of male identity.

For Metrospective: Visual Representations of Metrosexuality around 50 artworks have been commissioned for the show including creations revolving around the central theme by artists such as Riyas Komu and Ravi Kumar Kashi, and others who have produced a 'rich tapestry' of ideas and images. Of course, each artist has his or her own perspective on the subject. Riyas Komu is not keen on exploring pop culture. He has displayed a work tilted 'Metro Sport', which has a two-feet wine glass pierced through a lower-middle class clay pot. Both objects are made of charcoal burnt wood. Here, the artist wants to turn the viewer's attention to the issue of class. On other hand, artist Nayanaa Kanodia has created a painting that depicts a bearded old man in a pink shirt, alone with his two dogs ' a work that explores the notion of men being comfortable in pink.

Another video presentation aims to show how certain consumer products were considered gender specific and how that view is gradually changing.

The show , as mentioned above, features renowned Indian and International artists, Stephan Weitzel, Birendra Pani, Manil Gupta and Naina Kanodia. The exhibit does not claim to change perception but attempts to represent reality.

The show 'Visual Representations of Metrosexuality' continues till October 15.

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