The Queer Spirit Podcast

Episode 16:
Exposing Masculinity, Exploring the Hidden
with Jason Hanasik


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Jason Hanasik is a filmmaker, artist, curator, and journalist. His work has appeared at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, in The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, in the academic journal Critical Military Studies, at various international film festivals, on stage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Ace Theater in LA as a contributor with Pop Up Magazine, and in solo and group visual art exhibitions worldwide. His monograph, “I slowly watched him disappear” is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, MoMA NYC, Stanford University and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Hanasik originated the position of Storyteller in Gap’s Global Marketing Department. During his tenure he made videos for Gap and Gap Inc including their contribution to the It Gets Better project.

Hanasik has a Master of Journalism from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, a Master of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Summa Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Purchase. He is currently a resident at SFFILM’s FilmHouse where he is developing a screenplay and editing new films for The Guardian’s Documentaries Division and the BBC.

Episode Highlights

  • Jason shares how he first got interested in photography after working at a 1-hour photo shop as a teenager.
  • We discuss themes in his work of invisibility & exploring what is hidden in plain sight, and layers of invisibility within subgroups.
  • We talk about his exploration of the intersections of sexuality and masculinity within the context of military culture.
  • Jason shares his perspective on the importance of queer voices and diverse perspectives in the media and the newsroom, and the responsibility of journalists.


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