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Erik Levine
As a Matter of Fact

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What makes a man a "real" man? What do rituals of masculinity involve, how do men face up to the challenges they pose, how do they deal with failure? The American artist Erik Levine analyzes our society and its norms, rituals, and masculine stereotypes in his video works.

€32.00

  • Editor

    Andreas Beitin, Leonhard Emmerling

  • Preface

    Andreas Beitin, Leonhard Emmerling

  • Text

    Berta Sichel, Leonhard Emmerling, Andreas Beitin, Leila Farsakh

  • Interview

    Erik Levine with Hugh Davies

  • Design

    Raphael Drechsel / GREAT

  • Language

    German/English

  • Details

    Hardcover, 28 x 20 cm, 144 pages, numerous ills. in color

  • ISBN

    978-3-903153-47-9

About the product

What makes a man a "real" man? What do rituals of masculinity involve, how do men face up to the challenges they pose, how do they deal with failure? The American artist Erik Levine analyzes our society and its norms, rituals, and masculine stereotypes in his video works. With empathy but nonetheless uncompromising, Levine circles in on the relationship between life and death, social norms, idealized images and stark reality. Far from being documentary, Levine’s videos approach their subjects with striking and telling images as well as intensive sounds: the sport training drills adolescent boys are pushed through, the tenderness with which men prepare their gamecocks for battle in the arena, the stoically performed work in a slaughterhouse, or the decline and imminent death in an old age home. The publication accompanies the exhibition at the Ludwig Forum Aachen.