Finland, 1980

Encyclopedia of men, part 1: A Man from the North

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Aalto School of Art, Design and Architecture
Department of Design
Fashion and Clothing Design

In my thesis, I have researched hegemonic masculinity in Finnish culture. What is masculinity? What makes a real man? These are some of the questions, to which I have tried to find answers by opening the complexities of masculinity.

By breaking down elements of Finnish hegemonic masculinity in our everyday life and putting the pieces back together in a new way, I have created my vision of a Finnish man. I have looked at masculinities through transgression to open them in a carnivalesque way in my work.

Through my collection I have presented an alternative universe to the ruling hegemonic masculinity, which I find very confining and narrow. This is my picture of a Finnish man, a man from the north.

harri (dot) niskanen (at) hotmail (dot) com

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