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Audio-described tour of Masculinities

Liberation through Photography


An audio-described tour of the exhibition Masculinities: Liberation through Photography, exclusively for Blind and Visually impaired visitors, led by Lisa Squirrel who highlights key artworks.

This tour gives an introduction into how masculinity has been coded, performed, and socially constructed from the 1960s to the present day.

Examining depictions of masculinity from behind the lens, the Barbican brings together the work of over 50 international artists, photographers and filmmakers including Laurie Anderson, Sunil Gupta, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Isaac Julien and Catherine Opie.

In the wake of #MeToo the image of masculinity has come into sharper focus, with ideas of toxic and fragile masculinity permeating today’s society. This exhibition charts the often complex and sometimes contradictory representations of masculinities, and how they have developed and evolved over time. It shows how central photography and film have been to the way masculinities are imagined and understood in contemporary culture.

No specialist knowledge is required. This friendly and informal tour will last approximately an hour and a half with time for questions and answers.

When booking your ticket please let us know if you require a guide throughout the Gallery and / or assistance from Barbican or Moorgate Underground Stations to and from the Barbican Centre.

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