Striking new photography exhibition takes us backstage into the world of performers

Striking new photography exhibition takes us backstage into the world of performers
Posted by James Hood

A new black and white photography exhibition has opened in London that captures the beauty of a world few of us get a glimpse into.

‘Boy Story’ is open until 8 December, next to the British Museum on Willoughby Street, WC1A 1JD. The show includes stunning photography of go-go dancers, adult film stars, boylesque and circeulesque performers. The exhibition coincides with a new book that can be purchased and presents much of the same material.

The photographer who created the exhibition, Magnus Arrevad, said: “First by accident, then with intent, I was drawn into a subterranean world of go-go dancers, male porn stars, boylesque and circeulesque. I was fascinated by the processes and preparations through which the performers visibly liberated themselves from the social roles they observed during the daylight hours. They had invented a world in their own image, with their own gods and their own ceremonies. It wasn’t just about sexuality, though of course this was a large part. It was about being. The application of makeup each night was one in which a mask was taken off, not put on. I wanted to document this process of liberation. And so, for five years, I followed them. From New York to Paris to London to Sligo to a trailer park in Tacoma.”

You can view Boy Story from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm. For more information about the exhibition or to purchase the book go to boystory.org

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