‘What a Genderful World’ 

Muxe, 3e gender Mexico_What a Genderful World_Tropenmuseum_Creditline Mario Patino Sanchez, Photography. Lukas Avendano, Muxhe Model.
Muxe, 3e gender Mexico_What a Genderful World Tropenmuseum Mario Patino Sanchez, Photography. Lukas Avendano, Muxhe Model.

The Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam is on the ball with this all-embracing exhibition titled ‘What a Genderful World’ investigating the wide world of gender. Visitors can learn about how outdated terms are being replaced with more inclusive expressions, how ideas about masculinity, femininity and everything in between differ over time and about the world. 

© SHOT BY MARV — Marvin Duiker
Installatin Image © SHOT BY MARV — Marvin Duiker

Gender is a fiery matter and culture contributes a lot in determining what we see as male or female. Interestingly, police officers in Fiji wear skirts, how the colour pink has become associated with girls especially in the United States of America and Europe since the 1950s. Even the dichotomy between men and women is not self-evident everywhere. Countries such as India, Mexico and Pakistan have three genders. In the Tropenmuseum one can plunge into the domain of gender with a festival-like backdrop, the gender booth disposition is widened by placing it in a universal perspective. The visitor can take a dip in a ball box of breasts, do a photo shoot that makes one responsive of one’s own distinctive male or female pose or venerate designer Alessandro Tricone’s dress that rapper Young Thug wore on his album cover. 

Fiji Police Changing the Guard of Honour at Government House, Suva. Fiji
Fiji Police Changing the Guard of Honour at Government House, Suva. Fiji

 What a Genderful World can be seen up to and including 23rd August 2020 at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam. Images are courtesy of the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam. @tropenmuseum

The Pink Project I - Charity & Hopey and Their Pink Things, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, Light jet Print, 2011
The Pink Project I Charity Hopey and Their Pink Things, Gyeonggi do, South Korea, Light jet Print 2011

About Shireen ikramullah

Shireen Ikramullah is a British Pakistani visual artist, art critic and museologist based in Amsterdam. She is an active member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics) and writes for several art publications worldwide such as NuktaArt Magazine, ArtNow Pakistan, DAWN Gallery section and Art Radar.