The Images of Men project is a part of M3: Man, Male, Masculine, the Goethe Institute’s South-Asian regional project on the theme of Masculinities. The project looked to engage with children and young adults of both genders in India and Bangladesh to reflect on individual ideas of masculinity. In Kolkata (India), the project was realised in a collaboration between ThinkArts and Hamdasti. Tiffinbox was commissioned to design a toolkit – a collection of five activities and their vehicle – that would be taken to schools and NGOs based in Kolkata.
The aim of the project was to engage with teenagers of ages 14 to 18 to create dialogues from their own experiences within their community and daily life, about their notions and ideas about how they look at masculinity and gender through visual art forms and storytelling; to take them on a journey to think about various perspectives across genders and everyday stereotypes of the ‘Image of men’ which they personally encounter, and help them to reimagine the context of the masculine world around them through written responses and visual narratives.
“The project(s) will review, revisit, deconstruct and move towards re-defining what masculinity means today. What has changed in the meaning of the term masculinity and its manifestation in our society and our lives today? The cumulative results of the projects will take on to expand and reimagine what ‘being a man’ might mean in our lives and in our society at large. - Goethe Institut