A Group Photography Exhibit Curated by Abigail Ekue
Exhibition on View September 29 - October 4, 2019
The Living Gallery, 1094 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Bare Men: The Group Show curated by Abigail Ekue is a group photography exhibition celebrating all expressions of the male nude ranging from the classical to the erotic. Artists working in the figure studies, fashion and glamour, editorial, outdoor, conceptual, erotic and self portrait genres were invited and selected to participate. Each artist shares their own appreciation, familiarity or tension with the male nude through sensual, vulnerable, experimental and sexual imagery. Bare Men: The Group Show marks Abigail Ekue’s curatorial debut.
Adam Burke, Aeric Meredith-Goujon, Andy Kabi, Anira Ivo, Ann-Marie Stillion, Arnold Barretto, Berta A. Daniels, Bill Mattern, DearIndifference, Ekin Balcıoğlu, Evan Murphy, Exposing40, H. Tim Secnal, Jen Folsom, Jeremy Marc Anthony, Joseph O’Neill, Linda Richard, Logan Benedict, Naked World, Nick Kershaw, Oliver Estrella, Only Sky Studios, Patrick, Peter J. Robinson Jr., Raj Kamal, Ryan Alvin, Shelagh Howard, Steve Stenzel, Tim Foley, Wolf Schwarz, Wylde Soul Photography, Zaza Greene
Since the dawn of my Bare Men series, I've been working to end the taboo of the male nude -- full-frontal, all bodies, erections -- and the men who inhabit those bodies. What draws me to nudes is how much of a person's spirit we're shown.
For Bare Men: The Group Show, I invited and selected photographers whose imagery was intimate, delicate, raw, erotic, evocative. The work I was drawn to took my breath away. Photographers who are daring, pushing boundaries or those that are elevating the classic nude tropes.
I chose photography as the sole medium for this show because it is the most censored when it comes to the male nude.
When I'm working with men for my Bare Men series or with private clients, I love the process of seeing them strip the armor of "being a man" in society. They are free to express their personal masculinity. The artists in Bare Men: The Group Show exhibit many expressions of masculinity through their photography and self portraiture.
This exhibit forces the viewer to face the face of the male nude. The viewer is asked to confront any hang-ups they may have towards the male nude or even nudity, in general, and appreciate that there is art in the male nude. Art that we all have a hand in creating.