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RE/defining Masculinities: Aurora Reinhard's Boygirl

Beursschouwburg
Boygirl, 2002. Aurora Reinhard.
Looped screening, free event

Black box, Beursschouwburg, Auguste Ortsstraat 20/28, 1000 Brussel

In Boygirl three young people speak of their experiences of gender at a time when the whole word was by and large defined through a binary view. The word “queer” might be used, but it was far from mainstream.  

“The project started off in spring 1998 at the Lost and Found bar in Helsinki, when I first met Anna, who looked like a handsome teenage boy. The subject started occupying my mind and in the years to come I read, for example, the following books: The Well of Loneliness (Radclyffe Hall), Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton (Diane Middlebrook), and Stone Butch Blues (Leslie Feinberg). The impact of these works hasn’t faded over time.”

Why, what’s it all about? What do they think about the way they look, their gender and their place in our society?

Aurora Reinhard is a visual artist from Helsinki, Finland. She works with video, photography and multidimensional hyper-realistic subjects that elevate the everyday to the fetishistic. Her work has been shown at the Shedhalle in Zurich, the Fridericianum in Kassel, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne and at Platform Garanti in Istanbul. Her work ‘Boygirl’ won the International Media Arts Prize at the ZKM Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Re/defining Masculinities is a project by the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux that aims to present and discuss the subject of masculinities from new and cross-disciplinary perspectives, through a series of cultural events and academic discussions realised in Belgium, the Netherlands and Finland.

The RE/defining Masculinities is part of the Cultural Programme for Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU.