Claudine Doury questions what about male identity – what does it mean to become a man? And a man in a Russia that is itself in the throes of change, which no longer has anything to do with the USSR of the Cold War and the Iron Curtains? – but also, and more radically perhaps, positions herself as a woman who finally dares to look at men. As men of all ages have done for centuries, and obviously with women.
This right to the “female gaze” is recent, we must insist on it. And it is the result of a long struggle, led in particular by American artists such as Sally Mann, proclaiming: “I am a woman who watches”, and why not men. It is a real eye conquest.