Bent looks at the ways in which issues of gender and sexuality inform the work of four artists: Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Jesper Just, Annika Larsson, and Annica Karlsson Rixon. Through photography, video, and film, they draw from the rich media bank of images of masculinity and femininity circulated in advertising, film, historical art, and popular culture. Constructing dialogues between past, present, and future, and acknowledging the growing role mediated images play in culture, Ahtila, Just, Larsson, and Karlsson Rixon explore the importance of images of gender and sexuality in formations of contemporary identity.
Whitney Chadwick is professor of art at San Diego State University. The other contributors are Annika Ohrner and Linda Haverty Rugg.