Lasky and Neilly met at art school in 2009. They were two young, butch women who found kinship in their masculine identities and a mutual investment in documenting the queer experience. The artists transitioned in tandem, and supported each other through the complicated and non-linear process of reimagining their identities and relearning how to see themselves and be seen by others. The ease with which they express their closeness is built on a lifetime of socially accepted, affectionate “female friendships”.
Years later, as two cis-presenting men, their relationship is an anomaly among representations of male friendship and became the basis for their collaborative project Have / Hold.