Pressure on Boys

Pressure on Boys is an installation by Markues in the exhibition ECOLOGIES OF DARKNESS examining the pressure society exerts on boys. To highlight the collectivity and polyphony of boyhood, the installation can only be viewed and perceived in the presence of a public reading that warms up the space. As the readings unfold, so do associations that broaden the idea of what boyhood could be.  The installation creates an immersive atmosphere of looseness and slackness where pressure is temporarily lifted. For Markues, boyhood is not a biological concept but a collective and diverse experience encompassing the different boyhoods of heterosexual and homosexual cis-men, the childhoods of transgender women, the late puberty of transgender men, and also the fetishized boyhood of the twink.