Following the murder of George Floyd by police officers, demonstrations across the U.S. and beyond ignite against racism and police brutality, at times met with less than magnanimous authority.
Kascel is a queer photographer from Iowa who makes non-fiction photo essays that intersect gender, queerness, intimacy, and relationship narratives in the family unit. Kascel uses multiple photographic approaches to connect these themes with social, political, economic, and environmental concerns that impact the greater midwest.
Kascel’s visual stories emphasize the cohesion between the physical and emotional topography of rural and suburban culture and address the absence of support for geographically undervalued places and disenfranchised LGBTQIA+ people. Kascel’s on-going body of work titled Fear/Loving, follows peers through the recognition of sexuality, gender, and what it means to “come out” in the midwestern landscape. In parts of the U.S. that have not yet experienced cultural awakenings, this work expresses the urgency for open dialogues about gender identity, sexual fluidity, and de-stigmatizing homosexuality as a phase.
Kascel grew up in Marion, Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa with BFA degrees in Journalism and Mass Communications and Sociology. Upon graduation, Kascel worked as an assistant for Danny Wilcox Frazier of VII Photo. Brooklynn has published work with Getty Images, American Reportage, Dagens Nyheter, L’ Express Magazine, New York Times, Twin Cities Pride Magazine and BURN Magazine. Kascel’s images have been shown in exhibition spaces and online at International Photography Awards (IPA), Open Show San Diego, Kolga Tbilisi Photo, Missouri Photo Workshop, Photo Workshop New York/Spazio Labo, Les Rencontres d’Arles and The Midwest Center for Photography.