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A Story to Tell, or: Regarding Male Eating Disorders aspires to break the taboo surrounding eating disorders and break away from the stereotype that only girls and women are affected by the mental health condition. Over the course of one year, photographer Mafalda Rakoš followed eleven men affected by anorexia, bulimia or binge eating. Having overcome an eating disorder herself, Rakoš created this project hoping to provide insight into how it feels to experience an eating disorder as a boy or man.
Whenever eating disorders have been addressed in public debate and media, the conversation has predominantly focussed on the experiences of girls and women. Globally, 2.2% of men struggle with an eating disorder at least once in their lifetime. The lack of visibility and shame experienced by this demographic causes experts to fear that the number of unreported cases is notably higher. By sharing their personal stories, and their journeys to recovery and self-acceptance, the eleven men portrayed want to demonstrate that everyone can be affected by an eating disorder.
The project A Story to Tell, or: Regarding Male Eating Disorders received awards at Unseen Amsterdam, Plat(t)form 2020 at Fotomuseum Winterthur and E.I. Festival in Braga, Portugal. It was previously exhibited at Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam, Benaki Museum in Athens, Fotogalerie Vienna and Kulturetage Altona in Hamburg. The book, a collaboration with journalist Ruben de Theije, was published in November 2020 by Edition Fotohof.
This online exhibition is supported by the Mondrian Fund.
Melkweg Expo is an exhibition space for contemporary photography and a platform for young artists, located in the heart of Amsterdam. While our main focus lays on photography that explores identity, our society or pop culture in in the broadest sense, we occasionally welcome other forms of visual art as well.