Jesse Burke, ‘Nectar Impérial, Nils’, 2005, ClampArt

Jesse Burke’s series, Intertidal, addresses the ambivalent domain between the heroic ideal of masculinity and the true reality of being male. Through the juxtaposition of photographs, Burke constructs an autobiographical investigation of the incongruousness of the fragility of masculinity. Burke writes: “I photograph my life and the live of the men in my social and family circles in an attempt to understand from where our ideas of masculinity originate. I am most drawn to the moments that are representative of vulnerability and emasculation; where there is a presence of a rupture or wound inflicted in some way, where it be physical, emotional, or metaphorical. I employ concepts such as male bonding and peer influence, masculine rites and rituals, homosocial desire, physical exertion, and our connection to one another as well as the landscape that we interact within to expose these instances.”

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