Bubblegumclub review Plan B

“The book is a handbook for all who have a desire to understand the encasement of the white identity, for those who want to destroy the white identity, for those who love performance art, crave safe spaces, believe in community healing and enjoy personal reflections in an academic text. An extremely personal work; this is Goldendean and Dean Hutton presented in a bound format.” Marcia Elizabeth

Read: https://bubblegumclub.co.za/art-and-culture/plan-b-a-gathering-of-strangers-or-this-is-not-working-by-goldendean/

10and5 on Plan B book launch


On Friday 15 March 2019, from 7pm – 11pm Goldendean, GALA and Iwalewabooks will host the book launch of Plan B, A Gathering of Stranger (or) This is not working and a pop-up exhibition.

Guests are invited to “Be Bold, Come Gold” to Breezeblock for conversation, comfort and a chance to engage critically with the white body in the time of decolonisation.

“Lovers and fighters come dance to radical rhythms in celebration of revolutionary queer counter-narratives.”

Read: https://10and5.com/2019/03/11/plan-b-a-gathering-of-stranger-or-this-is-not-working-by-goldendean/

Photo by Riley Thompson @honey_panda

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Much like gold itself, the spectacle of Goldendean challenges the arbitrary values we place on the normative body. Our gaze cannot help but devour Goldendean.

In 2016 artist Dean Hutton’s #FUCKWHITEPEOPLE performance went notoriously viral which has extended itself into various forms– an installation, a ‘Fuck White People’ suit, an online archive titled, ‘White People made Visible’. Dean’s message is one of ‘queer love’, ‘queer dissidence’ and ‘radical sharing’ (coined by Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi), promoted by their avatar Goldendean who takes on the role of a clown like figure. ‘PLAN B, A GATHERING OF STRANGERS (OR) THIS IS NOT WORKING’, Dean’s Master’s thesis completed towards their MA in Fine Arts from Michaelis becomes a manual to understanding the serious and complex reasonings of an artist who hopes to heal with their practice.

read: https://bubblegumclub.co.za/features/goldendean-queer-love-queer-dissidence-and-the-undoing-of-whiteness


Photography: Jamal Nxedlana

Makeup Art: Orli Meiri