Goldendean is a genderqueer trans media artist provoking dialogue about the gaze, queer bodies, love and social justice. A.K.A. Dean Hutton, they have worked across photojournalism, print, digital, video and social media, performance and community action since the late 1990s. Their strategy of simple,  often improvised actions by a “Fat Queer White Trans body” share moments of soft courage to affirm the right of all bodies to exist, to be celebrated and protected.



An international tour of live encounters, lectures, performance, book readings, workshops and play with Goldendean


Goldendean at Nirox

Live Performance
Painted gold, exquisitely queer, unashamedly naked in public, Goldendean invites you to catch breath, bubbles and feelings.

Performance Lecture
Goldendean, in the “FUCK WHITE PEOPLE” suit, shares acts of unlearning in a lecture performance reflecting on the complications of performing a Fat Queer White Trans body as a decolonial gesture.

Mxnifest(u)topia Workshop
Develop a mxnifesto of action through a collaborative practice of collage, reorganising familiar images to imagine collective visions and potential futures, embracing the unexpected, compromise and failure – chaos – as an opportunity to renegotiate relationships and change.



Queering a dissertation submitted for a Masters degree, this book explores how strategies of Technology as Self-reflection and Radical Sharing, Queer Love and Queer Disobedience contribute to “making whiteness strange” by destabilising the normal invisibility of whiteness to bring the white body under surveillance.

Published in Germany in 2018 by iwalewabooks, this 280 page book is vividly illustrated with notes, process drawings, photos, and memes. Order for 25€ direct from the publisher.

Limited signed copies of the book are available in South Africa direct from the artist
R420 per copy, Students R390. Postage: R150 postnet-to-postnet

Transitions, in search of an authentic queer

The images and text in the book document the experiences of a life being realised in real time, and for the most part shared immediately on social media. Dean Hutton is on a mission to explore how mobile phones have changed how we interact as communities; how we physically live on an international stage in the virtual; and how these media possibilities have empowered the liminal voice to shout, to be, without restriction. The accessibility of the tools reflects another interest: in making art that is utterly consumable, simply and beautifully bridging the gaps between artist, subject and the audience’s relationship to us. Their interest remains the narratives of people who inform social concerns. making work for people, not for art’s sake, nor for artist’s sake. It is work made within and for public spaces and the people occupying them. It is visceral, immediate. Not an exercise but a story: feelings, friendship, human beings being human. Love.

150 copies, signed, numbered, hand embossed.
120 pages including photography, and texts by Dean Hutton, Alberta Whittle, Katherine Robinson, Phillippa Yaa and Brooklyn Pakhati.




GOLDENDEAN presents an evolving public performance probing the fascination with the flesh of extraordinary queer bodies. Goldendean’s strategy of simple and often improvised actions, by a Fat Queer White Trans body, share moments of soft courage to affirm the right of all bodies to exist, to be celebrated and protected.