Anna McNay

Review of Photo 50: Feminine Masculine at the London Art Fair


Photo 50: Feminine Masculine

curated by Federica Chiocchetti

London Art Fair

20-24 January 2016

Taking its title – and, loosely, its inspiration –
from Jean-Luc Godard’s 1966 film, Masculin
, this year’s edition of Photo 50, the photographic curatorial
showcase at the London Art Fair, seeks to “explore the challenge of
representing the mysterious, at times ineffable and immaterial, dynamics that
occur or do not occur between a woman and a man”. Playing to this gender binary
might seem somewhat outdated and simplistic, but the works on display are
provocative and cheeky, candid and compelling, saving what could be a clichéd
presentation from falling at this first hurdle. Unusually for a female-curated
exhibition looking at gender, men have not been excluded, and seven of the 18
artists on show are male. Divided into five sections, the works interrogate the
feminine-masculine divide, by looking at emotional and behavioural responses to
love, sex, lust and fantasy.

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