Side Guys

El Corruptor

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“This is a compilation of illustrations and short stories that reflect upon how capitalist concepts such as worth and added value have influenced the way we relate romantically with each other. Are we marketing ourselves to stand out among the competition, attract The One ™, and finally become a better me? Nonetheless, if you lack financial stability, knowledge, or physical appeal, you can be perceived as a less worthy candidate. This dynamic of constantly looking for a perfect match is commonly related to monogamy, yet it is replicated in open and polyamorous relationships as well, where despite the good intentions, is easy to end up being the Side Guy.

A publication by El Corruptor, who were publisher in residence at PrintRoom and who are “an art project that explores masculinity and how the male body is represented in history, media and art. We like men, we like to look at men, draw them, taste them, and use them. After years of observation of the male body, we have learned about sexuality, gender, desire, class, race, nature and history. We understand, then, masculinity as a cluster of concepts that battles for the dominance of bodies, regardless of sex. Therefore, our role is to play with all these concepts to find what is possible to do with them.

Originally initiated as an editorial project, El Corruptor works with drawings, illustrations, publications, animation, texts, and sound. The way these mediums are approached is heavily influenced by a drawing and collage mindset. Moreover, we only want to have fun, and pleasure is the original condition of all our projects”; a collection stories and illustrations about love, sex and social relationships and the beliefs surrounding them, sewn, 28,5 x 20,5 cm, 44 not numbered pages, ed/100, Rotterdam 2021