“Desire Flows Like the Sea”

28th June 2021, 10:00 am

Date(s) - 28th Jun 2021 - 9th Jan 2022
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Maritime Museum of Barcelona



Curated by Víctor Ramírez Tur

An LGTBIQ look at maritime heritage

One aspect of the history of sailing that is most commonly shrouded in silence is the sexuality of the men who spent days, months and even years aboard ships, confined to very small spaces where privacy was almost non-existent. 

The relations established on board, in terms of obedience, were governed by rules and hierarchies that were stricter than those on land. However, in a remote place, and without the presence of women, where men of different religions, ages and social strata all coexisted together, sexuality was also experienced in an easy, flexible manner. The bodies of the crew members needed and desired to make contact with each other. 

TOM OF FINLAND Untitled (From the Athletic Model Guild “The Tattooed Sailor” series), 1961, Graphite on paper, 11.19” x 8.88”, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection, ©1962 Tom of Finland Foundation

The aim of this exhibition is to take a look at the erotic, sexual and emotional relations that have taken place on ships over the centuries. For the Maritime Museum team, it also represents a further step in their determination to change the narrative of the institution, and to make it more inclusive in terms of gender and sexual diversity.

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Published: 28th June 2021

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