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Chella Man        

Transgender Model, Activist & Artist

A New York-based artist, director, and author, Chella Man's work features the continuums of disability, race, gender, and sexuality. His identity includes being Deaf, trans, Jewish, and Chinese as well as determined, curious, and hopeful.

He blends the genres of painting and performance art while simultaneously exploring sculpture, writing, and live workshops. Currently, Man is a mentor and resident at Silver Art Projects located in The World Trade Center. He has shown at institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, Mana Contemporary, and will be exhibiting at The Pacific Design Center and The Abrons Arts Center this coming year. He was an artist-in-residence at the Palazzo Monti in Brescia, Italy in 2020. This past year, Man published his first book, Continuum, with Penguin Publishing, highlighting how to heal from systemic oppression and the revelations he has come to growing up.

Since leaving high school as a Junior to attend college early, he has published his first book, Continuum, with Penguin, shown in film festivals internationally, participated in numerous gallery shows and artist residencies worldwide, worked as a columnist for Condé Naste’s first queer publication Them, launched a radically inclusive clothing line in collaboration with Opening Ceremony, signed as the first Deaf and trans-masculine model with IMG Models, and was casted as a superhero within Warner Brother’s DC Universe, Titan’s.

He hopes to continue pushing the boundaries of what it means to be accessible, inclusive, and equal in this world.

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