The What Does He Need? public poster project presents a range of viewpoints on the needs of men and boys in different scenarios and at different stages of life. These short texts are responses to the central question ‘What Does He Need?’ and were gathered from conversations with adults and young people. The presentation of contrasting viewpoints is intended to provoke a public dialogue around the subject of masculinity.
This text-based work was launched in December 2020 in the windows of The LAB gallery. In May 2021, the texts were displayed on billboards in three new locations in Dublin city; Saint Mary’s Place (Dublin 1), Church Street (Dublin 7) and Dolphin’s Barn (Dublin 8). These posters included a QR code which linked directly to the What Does He Need? audio piece. Following a residency in the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2021, a new collection of texts were developed from a series of workshops with diverse groups of adults and young people. These texts were presented from March-May ’22 in the central courtyard of the museum.