Midsumma Festival
Men Like Me…
January 21 – February 8, 2008
Opening Monday 21 January 6 - 9pm

Men Like Me is about photography, portraiture and the male body. It is eight understandings of one subject. The subject is Asian masculinity. The photographers come from 6 different countries and three strands of photography - artist, career photographer and hobbyist. All display their passion for photographing.

Presented by Midsumma, Melbourne's queer festival, this show takes take you beyond the traditions of Blue Magazine and expectations of 'gay' art. The images are surprising, beautiful and for some, confronting. These photographers come from differing countries, ethnicities and socio-political ranks. These diverse perspectives on a distinct subject provide a fresh opportunity for Australian eyes. See how Queer Asian men wish themselves and men like themselves to be viewed. The exhibition is curated by Garrie Maguire and includes Australian William Yang, Michael Shaowanasai (Thailands most controverial artist) and the first Australian showing of the work of Hiroki Taguchi, who is world famous in Japan.

"This show is one part masturbational and three parts thoughtful"

William Yang (Australia),
Michael Shaowanasai (Thailand)
Koky Saly (Cambodia/Australia/Japan)
Taguchi Hiroki (Japan)
Marcus Mok (Singapore)
Yan Tuck Hong (Singapore)
Norm Yip (Canada/Hong Kong)
Justion Thai (USA).

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