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12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Saint of killers

The contemporary notion of man (as a social construction) in western culture is part of a process that includes the arts as a mirror and a builder of stereotypes. Visual thoughts about how my self perception as a man is the fruit of all that cultural, social, and even economic references. This project is about male stereotypes and how they have been build in western culture with an strong influence of visual arts. From painting and sculpture to photography and mass-media the idea of a man is a social construction full of all the values and prejudices of a given culture and society. It is an idea so ever present that seems almost invisible and we seems to accept it without think about it. For this reason I decided to look for traditional poses and use the mixture of analogical and digital procedures of capture and reproduction, as a metaphor of that monolithic and many times oppressive FROZEN ideal of what means to be a man.

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Date Taken: 01.2012
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: Bogota, Colombia
Copyright: © Silvino Gonz├ílez Morales