THE HISTORY OF RICK CASTRO AND THE TOM OF FINLAND DUNGEON

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For the 2nd year I had the privilege to present my
ANTEBELLUM POP UP GALLERY in the
TOM OF FINLAND HOUSE.
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Here’s the backstory….
Way back in the late 80s
ToFF president Durk Dehner became my first photo collector.
Durk also published my first book of photography entitled-
CASTRO, (1990).
Durk asked where I would like to have my book signing. I’m sure he thought i would choose one of the many bookstores or coffeehouses.
“I want to have my signing in the TOM House dungeon,” I excitingly replied.
Durk was definitely taken aback. The dungeon was his private space.
 It had never been open to the public.
After thinking about it for awhile..a few days even, he agreed.
The event was amazing on so many levels.
My first book, the first time the dungeon was seen publicly. one of the first times the house had a mixed crowd- gay/straight/bi/trans etc.
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 I was given the honor once again to create my pop-up antebellum gallery in the
 TOM House dungeon in 2015 and 2016. 
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The Tom of Finland dungeon is a sacred spot.
The space has seen it’s share of play and practice throughout the years.
The energy is perfect for me.
I’m so at home in the TOM House dungeon.
The space is special for Durk Dehner, and it’s very special for me as well,
 and brings my full history home with the ToF Foundation.
Thank you so much Durk Dehner and Sharp for allowing me to occupy the dungeon.
I love it here!
-Rick Castro

“Seven Meditations on Political Sado-Masochism” | 27th August | LA

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Seven Meditations on Political Sado-Masochism

Texts by Judith Malina, Mikhail Bakunin, Kenneth Patchen, Eric Gutkind, Eldridge Cleaver, Enrico Malatesta, Piotr Kropotkin and The Living Theatre Collective.

A visceral examination of the social contract between the governed and the government, Seven Meditations was written after Malina and members of the company were imprisoned-and some tortured-by the Médici dictatorship in Brazil in 1973. Considered one of the company’s most significant pieces, the play explores Sacher-Masoch’s Six Houses of Bondage: Love, Money, Property, State, War and Death, with a seventh meditation on Revolutionary Change.

“The most prominent and persistent advocate for a ‘new theater’, one that sought to dissolve the accepted artifice of stage presentations, to conjoin art and political protest, and to shrink, if not eliminate, the divide between performers and the audience.”

The New York Times

“The greatest theater that I experienced in my life was The Living Theatre.”

–Al Pacino

8:00 – 9:30p
$15 – Adults Only

Eleven years of independence

All footage- Antebellum Hollywood copyright 2016

Antebellum Hollywood presents fetish, new artists and established masters, queer culture, performance art, transgressive culture – without any censorship whatsoever – on a regular basis.

11 years ago curator Rick Castro created Antebellum as a salon for people defining 21st century culture. Antebellum is fiercely independent.

Produced & directed by Rick Castro
Cinematography & editing- Natuta Bagrationi
Hair & make up~ Sasha Spruill
Clothing & boots~ Rick Owens
Horsey costumes- Keith Hunter

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