The exhibition places gender in an international perspective. What if you think both men and women can wear skirts, dresses or make-up? Does a display of physical strength or a resolute rather than a cautious manner reflect how masculine or feminine you are?
The exhibition will ask you the question:
What do you think about this?
You will find several skirts in the exhibition. In Fiji both men and women wear a skirt, sulu. The sulu tavatava, a skirt with a zigzag hem, is part of the police uniform. The skirt is fastened with a buckle at the waist. Above the skirt, a police officer, usually a man, wears a western-style shirt.
Photo credit: Government House, Suva, Fiji; Mike Robinson; 2013
Muxe: a third gender
The Zapotecs, one of the indigenous peoples of Mexico, have three genders: men, women and muxe. Muxe are men who take on traditionally female roles. These roles can vary enormously in the field of work, relationships and appearance. Come and view this work in the exhibition by Mario Patiño.