In response to white men’s major contribution to climate change, Defamiliarise and Broadcast aims to question masculinities relationship to ecology, and present alternate ways of thinking about gender identity.

Broadcast uses twenty-four architectural columns as a canvas to express a spectrum of masculinity. Deliberately binary, this work aims to address how hegemonic masculinity contributes to the climate crisis, by applying typographic statements, questions and poetics to the columns in Fabrica’s Agora. These columns present the perfect canvas for critique, since they reflect the form of a pantheon – a structure originally built as a tribute to the ‘great man.’ The installation revolves from examining toxic masculinity to presenting ecological forms of masculinity.

Defamiliarise focuses on reprioritising the values of dominant space through the traditionally feminine practice of weaving. The bamboo scaffold supports multiple material weaves, encircling Fabrica’s columns. The weave aims to dissolve the dominating presence of the columns, and to create an interconnectivity of threads, encouraging warmth and intimacy.

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