Professor Green - by Scarlet Page
CALM aims to prevent male suicide in the UK, and offers support to men who are living with depression or are in crisis. Suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged 20-45 in the UK, and CALM aims to keep men alive by talking.
Musicians have higher rates of depression than many other professions, and CALM patron Professor Green recently looked at high rates of male suicide in a BBC 3 documentary about his father’s death, called ‘Suicide and Me’. He is one of the artists featured in ALPHA, which runs from 20-27th November.
You can buy prints, to raise money for the campaign, and tag your own pics from the exhibition with #BiggerIssues to help raise awareness.
Brian Molko - by Helena Berg
The photographs in ALPHA look at modern masculinity and mental health and have been taken by a group of five London photographers. The show is timed to coincide with International Men’s Day and the East London Photography Festival, to help spread the word.
The exhibition intends to start a dialogue about a subject often too difficult to acknowledge in today’s culture. A culture that in 2013 saw 78% of suicides in the UK carried out by males. A culture where the expectation of the stereotypical ALPHA male is relentlessly reinforced.
Frank Turner - by Scarlet Page
A mix of unknown and known faces including Gary Numan, Frank Turner and Professor Green are the subject of Scarlet Page’s portraits of men that have lived with depression or difficult life events. Captioned with imaginary words, some poignant, some comical, they highlight the emasculation men can feel when trying to express their emotions or talk about their experiences.
Helena Berg’s images almost trapped or frozen underwater, including Placebo frontman Brian Molko, evoke feelings of isolation and separateness; the inability to be in action.
Jennifer Pattison’s ethereal images of her father’s artworks, made during his time in rehabilitation, reflect a personal connection between herself and these objects and in turn her relationship to his depression.
Will Morgan’s series of images, shot at dawn, are a play on ‘the darkness before the dawn’; the notion that in one’s worst moments there’s a realisation that it will pass and things will get better.
With long exposure shots at night, Peter Guenzel’s sombre landscapes highlight in photography (and depression) both the passing of time and the ever-present light.
ALPHA runs from Friday 20th November until Friday 27th November at theprintspace Gallery, 74 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DL
For further information about CALM visit: www.thecalmzone.net
International Men’s Day: http://www.internationalmensday.com