Artist of the Month: Bare Men
June 1 thru July 31, 2017
Erotic Heritage Museum
3275 Sammy Davis Jr. Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89109
About the Exhibit:
This is the first exhibit of Bare Men outside of New York for Abigail Ekue, a photographer known for her direct and raw depiction of the human body including full-frontal male nudity. Ekue turns the female gaze on to the male body exposing the vulnerability, sensuality, and sexuality of men by highlighting the usually private moments of arousal and how men express their sexuality.
Bare Men Pop-Up Exhibit
Thursday, May 19, 2016
6pm - 9pm
The Living Gallery
Brooklyn, NY 11221
The Bare Men Pop-Up Exhibit is the first exhibit to promote the ongoing Bare Men series and subvert the censorship of male nude photography. Bare Men features art, editorial and erotic nude photographs that capture moments of joy, angst, self-care and self-love, playfulness, doubt and reflection.
Previously unreleased images alongside photographs included in the Bare Men book were exhibited. Exhibit Catalog
Bare Men celebrates the inherent beauty, sensuality, sexuality and vulnerability of the everyday man. The images share moments of joy, angst, self-care and self-love, playfulness, doubt and reflection through each man’s own filter of masculinity.
The belief that women don’t want to see men naked or that there is no interest in male nudity outside of the gay market is false. The message that “naked men are ugly” has been fed to women and internalized by many men. Men have expressed their desire to objectified and to finally be seen.
Not only was I interested in creating a series of natural, candid, voyeuristic nude images of men; I wanted them to include full-frontal nudity. Male nudity in art perpetuates the marble-carved bodies with minuscule, flaccid penises or penises not visible at all. Because nudity and sex are often erroneously coupled together, the penis is considered threatening or taboo and thereby concealed and left out.
I'm working to showcase men in a personal light. By participating in Bare Men, men have offered me and by extension, the viewer a front-row seat to moments usually experienced alone or with intimate relations. As a result we are privy to two relationships: the man and the photographer and the man and himself while in some instances is invited to join in.