The world of male exotic dancers is a generally little known subculture. Backstage, preparing for their performances, the dancers primp, pump and shave to look their best and meet the expectations of their lucrative patrons. Once on stage, the teasing and interest in patrons are all part of a performance mostly for financial gain, on occasion developing into a bond with their admirers. Jan Rattia delves into the glamorous nighttime fantasy of a possible sexual fulfillment that is rarely satisfied. He has interviewed, befriended, and photographed many dancers to expose the individual men behind these fantasies. His collection of photographs on view in the Vault Room explores issues of masculinity, outward expression and defining emotions through the portraiture of male dancers.
Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. & by appointment.
Jan Rattia recently completed his studies at the International Center for Photography, New York, NY. His work has been exhibited at Art Miami, Miami FL; InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel, New York, NY and the Rita K. Hillman Gallery, International Center for Photography, New York, NY among others. His work hangs in many private collections throughout the United States.
For additional information please contact Bridgette Mayer at (p) 215-413-8893 (f) 215-413-2283