ZEUS AND SHAME
Traditionally fables have served to try to explain all sorts of questions, from stories, which usually resorted to the topic as a starting point. Thus these apparently naive narratives became historical allies in the perpetuation and strengthening of certain stereotypes.
In the classic fable, masculinity and homosexuality tended to be contrasted, so that the absence of the values that were presupposed in one entailed the other. In this way power and honor were coupled with masculinity, while homosexuality was intrinsically associated with lasciviousness. Something that Aesop addresses in his story Zeus and Shame.
In the art pieces that compose the exhibition, as in the fables, the actions are forming stories in which the man is the protagonist and in which what is suggested is more important than what is said, because the doubt about what that is occurring is always present.
The artists use craft techniques such as watercolour and ink to represent a man in continuous construction; and ironically oppose the delicacy of materials and drawing with some idyllic images. Pieces that are fantastic narrations and that like the morals can offer an abstract conclusion.
- “After he had created people, Zeus immediately implanted in them all the possible human character traits, but he forgot about Shame.”
- Aesop, Zeus and Shame.