150 years of evolution of the male and female roles

By | 15 October, 2015 | 0 comments

Photography can be useful, among other things, to shed light and form concepts that would otherwise be too abstract. We can see this in the exhibition Perceptions: men and women in the history of photography, which can be seen on Canal de Isabel II (Calle de Mateo Inurria – Metro Plaza de Castilla) from October 8th until January 5th.

It is a journey of 170 years, photography’s age, which illustrates how conceptions of the male and female roles have evolved since then. They are works of great 19th-century artists such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Nadar or André-Adolphe-Eugène, but also of established 20th-century artists such as David Seymour or Robert Frank. All of them are at the service of a single idea: the one that makes us think about the vision that there was of being either a man or a women from as far back as 150 years ago until today through 130 photographs.

The exhibition is divided in five blocks, with titles such as Power and authority, which shows the patriarch domination of the make, strong and indolent, owner of the world; Sensuality and submission, which gathers the role of the female, relegated to maternal tasks and whose only time to shine was through the world of physical beauty; or Naked soul, which shows how both men and women have wished to escape from certain stereotypes that chained them to certain conduct patterns.

All in all, it is a journey in search of the conquest of freedom, in which women have had a more specific role and men have modified their complementary role in regards to the female universe, which will no doubt interest the more lively visitors. Opening times on weekdays and holidays from 11.00am to 8.00pm, closing at 3.00pm on Wednesdays. Entry is free.

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