What Does He Need? (2018+)
In a time when a spotlight is being shone on many patriarchal structures and misogynistic cultures nationally and internationally,What Does He Need? (2018+) is a project by Fiona Whelan, Brokentalkers and Rialto Youth Project, examining the formation of boys’ and men’s identities, considering how forms of masculinity are cultivated and subsequently experienced in a boy’s life. This project builds on a long-term project Natural History of Hope (2012-16) which explored contemporary equality issues for women and girls living and working in Rialto, and culminated in a public performance in Project Arts Centre in 2016. What Does He Need? benefits from advisory support from Professor Kathleen Lynch (Equality Studies, UCD), Professor Sharon Todd (Education, Maynooth University) and Sheena Barrett (DCC Arts Office). The project receives financial support from the Arts Council's Project Award for Participation and has previously been supported by the Artist in the Community scheme, managed by Create and through a Brokentalkers' residency with Create / CAPP and Grangegorman Development Agency. Fiona is currently on an invited residency in the Irish Museum of Modern Art.