Currently reading : The gay erotic work of Gengoroh Tagame at xavierlaboulbenne
Gengoroh Tagame is the iconic Japanese erotic illustrator who has proactively rejected images of western homoerotic sexuality and connected his illustrations with the aesthetics of the traditional Japanese Shunga. Thought of widely as the Japanese master of gay BDSM manga, Tagame has been creating images of hyper masculine men in sexual situations since the 1980s. The xavierlaboulbenne gallery in Berlin have just opened an exhibition dedicated to the work of Tagame which will be available to visit until the 20th of April.
Regularly exploring themes of BDSM, torture and humiliation between overtly virile men, these illustrations make Tom of Finalnd look almost delicate in comparison. By incorporating notions of the edo period of Shunga where there was little diffraction between how the erotic and fine art were portrayed Tagame creates images which examine the state of mindlessness or enlightening emancipation acquired through heavily painful physical rituals. It has been widely regarded that Tagame’s use of bondage personifies a kind of symbolism of how a restricted society regain feelings of control and power through sexual enjoyment.
You can visit the exhibition from now until the 20th of April and the gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday’s from 2-6pm.
Tagame will also be at a book signing in London where a date has yet to be confirmed but by joining this Facebook event you will be able to keep unto date with a confirmation.