Ukraine / Artiste invité / 2014
" Bridegrooms ? "
Marina Poliakova’s photographic project “Bridegrooms” explores the subject of male and female gender roles in contemporary Ukrainian society through a critically social lens. The body of work consists of a series of staged photographs of male nudesin natural environments. Is male power and dominance that traditionally corresponds to masculinity disappearing? Can society perceive and acceptnonthreatening and feminine males? Are contemporary women disappointed in them?
In its entirety “Bridegrooms” represents the newly acquired and changing feminine nature of man. To exclude culturally extraneous influence, Poliakova photographs her subjectsposing against bucolic landscapes, thus associating them with traditionally feminine role, and in that way underlining the core meaning of their transformation.