Cassils: An Interview

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2019 | 01:30:10 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: Interviews, On Art and Artists

Tags: Body, Conceptual Art, Gender, Interview, LGBTQ, Performance, Social Justice, The State, Surveillance, Transgender, VDB Interviews, Visiting Artists Program

In conversation with David Getsy — an art historian focusing on queer and transgender methodologies in sculpture theory and performance history — Cassils discusses their monumental performance artworks and inspirations.

"Cassils’s works are protests. They are based in anger and defiance, and they struggle with the realities of the ways in which transgender people are surveilled and controlled. Cassils insists on recognition but refuses to be objectified. The seeming divergences of the works’ visual strategies — from spectacular body performance to cerebral abstraction — are required to address today’s political realities, when transgender lives are commodified, instrumentalized, and policed for others’ comfort."

— David Getsy, Artforum, February 2018

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