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Tackling toxic traits

Sumantra Mukherjee in his exhibition Mass-Q-Line, makes fun of male privilege

Srimoyee Bagchi   |   Published 19.11.22, 03:14 AM

Toxic masculinity can nullify the cognitive gains of evolution — this is the message that Sumantra Mukherjee sends in his exhibition, Mass-Q-Line, which is part of an ongoing project at the Goethe Institut. This is why a primordial ape is the protagonist of the posters that poke fun at and expose the dual dangers of this form of masculinity. Women are not its only victims: the poster questioning the Manlee-ness of an ape feeding a child bears proof of this.

Mass-Q-Line makes fun of male privilege. Take, for instance, the poster, Bahubully Begins (picture), that satirises both the cult film and the practice of celebrating the birth of a male child. There is a hints of resolution. The poster, PEEtritantra, asks men to question the licences that allow them to get away with most things.



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