Faculty Sponsor

Sarah Janzti


Arts and Sciences


Digital Media Arts

Presentation Type

Artistic Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 2020


The photography series, The Vulnerability of Man, discusses male vulnerability and the negative stigma and ideologies that surround it. It aims to instill upon you the notion that being vulnerable is a part of our biological makeup; it is not a choice. It is the basis of what it means to be a human. With an attempt to withdraw from this, we evade our human nature. The fear of exposing oneself emotionally, or the pessimistic way we regard feelings is a societal issue, not a biological one. Through teachings of gender norms, roles, and inequalities, we have been taught that it is not okay for men to be emotional; that it is a weakness. Rather, it is something that is a natural human experience; it is a strength. Being vulnerable is something of uncertainty; it is risk and emotional exposure. It is telling someone you love them or opening up and admitting you need help. The images aim to show this natural human experience. The series invites discussion and commentary of not only the artwork, but also of the strength of vulnerability.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Nicole Lubarski is a senior at Valparaiso University majoring in Digital Media Arts. She has a passion for graphic design but also loves practicing and pursuing fine arts. After graduation, she plans on working in advertising and marketing.