Vestoj x Palais de Tokyo

On Masculinities

We are curating with Anja Cronberg a Vestoj residency program at Palais de Tokyo in Paris within the frame of “La Manutention format.
Launched in 2017, La Manutention is a new Palais de Tokyo project which encourages exploration and experimentation, by giving artists the opportunity to develop their practices and produce original performances for the duration of a month. We are curating three evenings dedicated to exploring the Vestoj universe through three recent journal themes: ‘Failure,’ ‘Masculinities’ and ‘Authenticity.’

Thursday 29th November is dedicated to Masculinities.
Date: Nov 2018
Location: Palais de Tokyo
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Simone de Beauvoir once said that ‘one is not born a woman, but rather becomes one,’ and many would argue that the same could be said about being a man. Today, it seems more apt to talk about ‘masculinities’ in the plural, to underscore the many ways in which one can be a man, or become one. How do these masculinities express themselves through appearance? Is men’s fashion a tool intended to keep the wheels of consumption turning? How have changes in fashion been influenced by a perception of gender constantly in flux? Why would the color blue be better for boys? How does machismo affect fashion and why it’s so hard to shake the whiff of absurdity that stubbornly clings to male pin-ups? Many questions floating in the air of this evening dedicated to men.

With contributions from artists and performers such as Sissel Tolaas, Bless, Moullinex, Guillaume Sorge, Etienne Blanchot, Topper Harley, Choir of Complaints, London College of Fashion alumni and many more.