(via Man as Object - Reversing the Gaze)
The surveyor of women in herself is male: the surveyed female … thus she tums herself into an object-and most particularly an object of vision: a sight”.
Ways of Seeing, by John Berger
MAN as OBJECT - Reversing the Gaze
The exhibition ‘Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze’ will examine the visibility of men and masculinity from female/feminist/transgender perspectives. In the context of this exhibition, the male figure will assume the historically ‘female’ role with the male body and its gender expression shown as spectacle for a woman’s viewing and contemplation.
This truly feminist stance positions the surveyor as critic of traditional gender roles, problematizing notions of ‘men,’ ‘male,’ ‘masculinity,’ ‘women’ and ‘female.’ This is an inclusive show for women and transgender artists to challenge what it means for ‘women’ to look at ‘men.’
‘Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze’ SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA November 4 - 30, 2011.