WHERE ARE THE EROTIC IMAGES OF MEN*?

These images exist, they are even numerous, but they often remain hidden in drawers or minds, or they do not come out of the networks referenced as “homoerotic”. Because eroticism is a field mainly associated with femininity. Visual culture has indeed taught women to put themselves in the spotlight, to let themselves be observed and to reveal themselves in front of the camera. As art critic John Berger said in his 1972 BBC television series Voir le voir, where “man acts, woman appears. Men look at women, women look at themselves being looked at. Women*, and what they desire, are not at the heart of visual production. And when men do appear, the images are often identical and smooth: the film, advertising or pornographic industries strive to show them in a position of strength and action. Their bodies are neither lascivious nor vulnerable – for the intimate is not a terrain of conquest. Erotic representations thus very often espouse the assignment of roles: woman-object / man-subject. They participate in the perpetuation of a system that freezes gender desires and identities; that subjects them to the order of patriarchy and heterosexuality; and that validates the latter as “natural” and only admissible.

LUSTED MEN therefore calls for images of eroticized men*, by unearthing them, encouraging their production and working to disseminate them. LM presents itself first and foremost as a collection of photographs open to all, professionals and amateurs alike, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. By this gesture, we wish to constitute a visual archive of contemporary intimacy – and to allow it to live and grow by making it accessible to all.

“We should not underestimate the need for representations – shared by the majority or coming from a counter-culture – that, even without being clearly aware of it, support us, give meaning, impetus, echoes and depth to our life choices. »

Mona Chollet, Sorcières, 2018

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