Foto credit: Zapoteeks; Mexico; Mario Patiño; 2015; model Lukas Avendaño

What do you think about this? 

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?

Police skirt  

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    
Foto 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.   

Photo credit: Zapotec; Mexico; Mario Patiño; 2015; model Lukas Avendaño 
Foto credit: Zapoteeks; Mexico; Mario Patiño; 2015; model Lukas Avendaño