‘MAN STEN’ an exhibition that questions masculinity

‘MAN STEN’ an exhibition that questions masculinity

It is time for the next event within the busy year-schedule of the ALAKONDRE: A Space in Time project at Readytex Art Gallery. In the month June, Kurt Nahar will present the last in a series of three exhibitions for which he has been responsible in his role as curator-in-residence. Starting from Saturday June 11th, you can enjoy the exhibition MAN STEN, a group exhibition in which Kurt Nahar highlights the different nuances and interpretations of the term masculinity.

MAN STEN is in a certain sense, a reaction to his previous exhibition UMA STEN, in which he showed his support for the continuously strengthening call of women for equal rights, opportunities and respect. How do men feel about that?  What is their approach to societal expectations and to the pressure placed on them, often by their own egos or by others in their direct environment? How do they experience their manliness in this ever-changing world?  

It is indeed an exhibition in which Kurt Nahar questions masculinity. He does this with a diverse collection of paintings, sculptures, photography and installations that visualize the subject in various ways. “Some of the artworks address subjects such as man’s urge for dominance, which is expressed, for example, in the macho behavior of world leaders towards defenseless people, sometimes culminating in war or oppression” says the curator. But the loneliness or despair that men can experience in today’s world, the feminine within the masculine, and childlike innocence are also themes that Nahar touches on in this exhibition.

The Local Master in MAN STEN is Sirano Zalman, a visual artist of whom his artistic photographs featuring nudes or partial nudes, including men, are quite well known. From the collection of Readytex Art Gallery, the exhibition includes works by the artists Kenneth Flijders, Miguel Keerveld, Dhiradj Ramsamoedj and also by Kurt Nahar himself. Last but not least, there are also artworks on display from the guest artists Fabian de Randamie, Shawn Stolting and Hariandi Todirijo. Everyone is welcome to come and see how this diverse group of artists, either consciously or subconsciously, deals with the theme of masculinity in their work.

MAN STEN is on display at Readytex Art Gallery from Saturday June 11th until Saturday July 2nd, 2022. You are welcome to visit the exhibition during the regular opening hours of the gallery from Monday-Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm and on Saturday from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm.

We look forward to welcoming you!