In common use, the word gender may refer to biological sex, self-identity, perceived identity, or imposed identity. Gender can be both fluid and ambiguous. Many of the ways we express and identify gender are based on visual clues. Aotea Utanganui is proud to present The Portrait Show: capturing gender through portraiture, an exhibition that explores ways gender has been presented in photographs, ranging from archetypal to non-traditional to subversive representations, with an emphasis on the performances that photography can encourage or capture.
Inspired by a similar exhibition, The Gender Show, at George Eastman House International Photography & film Museum in Rochester, New York, this exhibition spans over 100 years of photography and is able to thoughtfully examine our changing cultural and social landscape, in which evolving ideas of gender portraiture are framed as photographic images.
The Portrait Show: capturing gender through portraiture offers the opportunity to view historical portraiture from our collection in a reinvigorated context.
Exhibition Curator – Cameron S. Curd