MiAL Artist: Sharon McElroy Showcase at London Art Fair 2014
Sharon McElroy exhibited in Made in Arts London’s exhibition ‘Process in Exile’ in October 2013 and caught the eye of London Art Fair film curator Pryle Behrman.
‘The Man I Am Today’ was filmed at various locations in the South East of England, some of which have military connections. In the accompanying audio we hear five men discuss the military uniforms they wear during Victorian living history and re-enactment events, their role models and views on masculinity.
The men’s own experiences and the responses of their audiences to repeated ‘gendered performances’ and a reinforcing of certain so called ‘masculine’ traditions and behaviours provides the viewer with an implicit insight into contrasting historical and contemporary attitudes towards gender and sexuality.
As images of deserted pastoral landscapes and garrisons become juxtaposed with the men’s poignant, personal recollections and their mourning of lost values, performances past and present are evoked, whilst simultaneously leaving space for the viewer to elaborate through their own personal experience.
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