Darkroom Gallery presents the XY Photo Contest. Photographs of the strengths and virtues of masculinity coupled with the Achilles’ heel of meeting these stereotypes.
Do all men have power? Do all men want power? Is masculinity the same in every culture and time period? Does the performance of masculinity depend on the categories of race, class, and sexuality? The answer to the first three questions is a resounding no, while the answer both to the fourth one is a clear yes.
We are calling for photographs that explore the field of cultural, social, historical, political, psychological, economic, and artistic constructions of masculinity. What makes something/someone “male”? These definitions change with communities across the world and throughout history. There is a tense and complex relationship between hegemonic masculinities and subordinate masculinities. Throughout history, men have paid a steep price for not adhering to, or consciously resisting, stereotypical masculine models. Let’s remember sex and gender are separate entities.
We want images interrogating these male ideals: photographs of warriors, fathers, of wimps and muscle men. Little boys can be “snakes and snails and puppy dog tails” but they can also love the color pink. Inanimate objects can imply such meanings. In the wake of patriarchal fanfare show us the vulnerability, gentleness and supple subtleties behind what is means to inhibit/exhibit being “male”.
We offer free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of our exhibition, subject to standard sizes. Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs.
Contest Prize & TERMS
Juror's Choice receives a 30x48" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image, free entry into a future exhibition, and a free exhibition catalog.
Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition.
People's Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit.
ELIGIBILITY: International / 18+
Images should be no larger than 1280 pixels on the longest side, type jpg - set to the highest quality. The color space should be set to sRGB. Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.
COPYRIGHT: Photographers retain rights to their images.
USAGE RIGHTS: Artists grant Darkroom Gallery the right to use their images to promote the exhibition and for display on Darkroom Gallery website and for inclusion in an exhibit catalog.