June 13th, 2016
Celebrating the first-ever Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day in the City of Vancouver: June 14th, 2016. The piece was exhibited outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on June 13th and 14th as part of Men’s Health Week.
Be strong. Hold it together. Don’t show emotion.
When we try to achieve standards like the above, we repress our feelings. We hide depression with isolation, alcohol, or work. We act like big parts of ourselves don’t exist.
We become, on the surface, an “ideal” man.
Refract is an installation that challenges this too-simple definition of manliness.
We started with five mannequins, each painted a solid colour with quotes to represent different masculine archetypes.
Then, like how many colours become visible when light refracts through a prism, we mixed and reassembled their parts to represent broader definitions of man.
By doing so, we aim to make it okay for men to be who they are, connect with how they feel, and seek support when they need it.
The exhibit was held outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on June 13th and 14th, 10am-7pm.