Only a Man, confronts the prejudices and typecasting of men and emotions. This telling work features the journey of 39 men who have exposed their bodies, minds and souls by providing an insight into their most intimate thoughts and emotions. This exhibition became a forum for the men who participated as they rarely felt able to freely express their vulnerability and emotional needs, without feeling dis-empowered by societal expectations of them as a result. The stories of these men and their search to find love, joy and empathy are portrayed in this work. Each one shares their experiences of growing up, male beauty, identity, war, work, divorce, fatherhood, disability, ageing, grief, and death. ‘Only a Man‘ is an important, thought provoking piece of work, which I hope will stimulate discussion and encourage people to be more aware of the conflicts and contractions which seem to make being an emotional man an elusive goal.
Launched at the Seymour Centre in Sydney in 2006 it visited Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW and received an Honorary Mention in the 2002 Josephine Urlich Photography Award. The relevance of this work has increased due to growing awareness of the high suicide rates of men in Australia which has remained unchanged since 2002. On average four men per day suicide in Australia. If you would like to display the Only a Man exhibition, please reach out and contact us.
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