5 Willoughby Street in Bloomsbury, London, will open its doors to Boy Story, an exhibition of photographs by Magnus Arrevad, to coincide with the launch of the book of the same title. On view November 11 – December 8, 2015.
From 2009 until 2014, danish-born Arrevad spent five years documenting the international, subterranean world of male performers, burlesque, go-go dancers, cabaret singers and porn stars. The journey would take him to New York, Berlin, Paris, London, Copenhagen as well as County Sligo in Ireland and a trailer park in Tacoma. On his journey, he encountered performers such as Go-go Harder, EvilHateMonkey, The Luminous Pariah and a litany of others. Arrevad decided against photographing his subjects' performances, choosing instead to focus on the performers off-stage, often in their most vulnerable moments, trying out a new act, applying make-up or getting into costume.
Arrevad explains, "The series features performers from 18 countries, living all around the world, in the places you'd probably least expect, but with a sense of community and mutual respect unlike anything I've ever known before. I had no intrinsic link to this world when I embarked on the project. It all started quite by accident in a basement in Copenhagen on the night of a Gay Pride parade, which I was photographing in a completely different context." The images of these often very private moments push the viewer into the position of voyeur, a role in which Arrevad himself felt perfectly comfortable with, even to the point of transition, inserting himself into some of the images.
Magnus Arrevad was born in Copenhagen. He now divides his time between London and Berlin. He is currently working on a new photographic series as well as a theatrical work.
The exhibition is curated by Michael Diemar and is presented in association with Bloomsbury-Estates, Bloomsbury Cultural Renaissance and Red Room Industries.
The book Boy Story is published by Red Room Books (ISBN 978-1-943278-43-5).
Please find more information at Boy Story