Have / Hold
Wynne Neilly & Kyle Lasky
Have / Hold is a series of self-portraits challenging traditional narratives and stigma around masculine intimacy.
While gay and queer representation in mainstream media increases, there remains a lack of exposure to–or celebration of–platonic “same-sex” intimacy. The images in this project frustrate an erotic expectation while creating space for a new truth—a representation of platonic intimacy that is not commonly acknowledged.
The nature of Neilly and Lasky’s relationship has long been questioned by onlookers. The ease with which they express vulnerability, adoration, and physical closeness has created its own narrative, which the artists consciously build on.