DVD Installation, Projector, Amplifier, DVD Player, 4 Speakers, Size Variable
“Young Guns” accompanies two modern-day heroes on their quest for perfection and ideal beauty.
“Young Guns” is a large-scale DVD installation comprising image and an audio soundtrack. Accompanied by visuals of the young men executing formal competitive poses, an audio-track examines the controversial and much-maligned sport of bodybuilding. A soundscape of music, interviews and recordings of training sessions capture the two young bodybuilders’ passion for the sport and reveal the obsessive extremes to which they will go in order to reach their goals.
Through the young guns’ accounts of childhood heroes and icons, a particular version of masculinity emerges. And as the narrative unfolds, the viewer becomes aware of a blurring of boundaries between scrupulous preparation and raw narcissism. This slip between definition of self and judgment by others raises questions around contemporary ‘ideals’ of beauty and the limits to achieving them.
Photographs by: John Hodgkiss