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Masculinisation: an attempt to understand the process of objectification and sexualisation of the genders, by exploring the notion of such action being either a universal or a (specific) cognitive occurrence.

Consider our relationship between the human body and aesthetic creations. Why is there a driven need to distort images or reality? Why are images that distort the structural reality more interesting for our aesthetic experience than those which copy and show reality in its truest form? We are often more attracted to photographs that captures or focuses in on detail and that are distorted or formulated to satisfy an aesthetic urge. Our need to distort reality within image making or aesthetic formulations is deeply rooted and has been present since the start of human aesthetic representation. We fall into the same trap when producing and observing images of the human body. We find that the real body or the depiction of a real body is often not as stimulating as that of a distorted and exaggerated body. The evidence for such application is visible within art historical context whereby once a group have attained the ability to copy nature to a finite method the constructions of the works change in such a manner that it becomes more than just a natural observation and reproduction. So does such a phenomenon partially explain our continual observation and obsession with the distortion of the body? Are we driven to attempt to research a form of idolisation or ideal body that does not mirror reality but takes it into a whole new level of a prescribed unreality? Does this explain our willingness to continually move towards a distorted body?

This exhibition will allow for participants to apply their artistic knowledge and current understanding, through their developed and collective experiences, towards the subject matter of sexualisation and objectification. Is it possible to explore the subject matter of sexualisation and objectification as independent activities or does the sexualisation of the body creates the opportunity for objectification to occur? And what are the outcomes for such actions on our cultural landscape? To avoid answering such a question with a basic conjunction, an acknowledgment of the process of objectification and sexualisation should be based on societies predominant attitude placed upon the female gender. We can all agree that this matter has had a long and damaging effect on us as a species, both psychologically and physiologically. It is clear that with a recursive view and treatment of people as either sexualised or objectified constructs will limit our own ability to progress further as a cohabiting species. By developing an understanding of the difference between objectification and sexualisation will guide us in the future investigation of the two concepts; we can all fully agree towards the notion, to objectify is not the same as to sexualise. We can therefore define the outcomes of each categorisation i.e. the notion of sexualisation does not inherently present a negative outcome; in some instance such occurrence can become an empowering and transformative process. To a certain degree the same can be said about objectification, e.g. when one is engaging in a specific action of objectification within a particular narrative. A person can enjoy the process of becoming objectified, whiles the act of deliberately objectify or rather dehumanising a person or group of people is inherently a negative transformation. So we ask ourselves is there any profound difference between the objectification and sexualisation of the genders? Does the process of objectification and sexualisation enact either as an exclusive product or does the cohabitation of these two create a difference in our treatment of such process thereby producing the negative outcomes that we are faced with in our contemporary society? Is it therefore even a possibility for the participating artists to conduct and create suitable answers for these sorts of narratives or are we doomed to repeat stereotypical observation and constructions?

Upon these question we will therefore gracefully welcome you into our space and thus hope your stay and experience will be by all means a positive one. If you are able to draw a conclusion on this subject matter then we might have succeeded though a far more reasonable and desired outcome would be leaving you with thoughts tripping through your mind and a smile at hand.

Aino Johansson’s text

Oskar Johnström Masculinisation

Leena Pukki Five Studies of Cock 2015

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