School of Art Welcomes Visual Artist Cassils to Lecture

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Graphic by University of Art, Cassils by Robin Black

SoArt Visiting Lecture Series

The School of Art in the Fulbright School of Arts and Sciences is fired up to welcome artist Cassils to the Visiting Lecture Sequence. The virtual lecture will be held this Thursday, Nov. 11, at 5:30 p.m.

Cassils is a transgender artist who tends to make their have body the substance and protagonist of their performances. Their artwork contemplates the heritage(s) of LGBTQI+ violence, representation, battle and survival. 

For Cassils, overall performance is a sort of social sculpture: drawing from the concept that bodies are shaped in relation to forces of electricity and social expectations, their function investigates historic contexts to look at the existing moment. 

Referencing conceptualism, feminism and entire body artwork, Cassils powerfully trains their entire body for diverse performative needs, committing to a procedure of extreme bodily and psychological endurance. By positioning their system as a battleground, it is with sweat, blood and sinew that Cassils shares experiences for considering histories of violence, representation, struggle and survival.

“There could not be a improved time to convey Cassils to the School of Artwork,” reported John Blakinger, artwork heritage program director and endowed affiliate professor. “At a instant when transgender rights are beneath menace throughout the region, their function is exceptionally relevant and urgent. Cassils makes use of the system as medium to investigate what it implies to be trans and nonbinary currently. Their multimedia artwork interrogates how modern society styles the politics of gender.”

In a latest report by CNN, Cassils describes expanding up wondering to be an artist intended to be a painter. Their notion transformed and a new route emerged by means of their schooling at Nova Scotia College of Art and Style and design. 

They graduated with a Bachelor of High-quality Arts from Nova Scotia Faculty of Artwork and Style and design and an Grasp of Great Arts degree in artwork and built-in media from California Institute of the Arts.

Cassils not too long ago opened their first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom, a 10-year study of display screen and print-based mostly do the job. Curated by Bren O’Callaghan for HOME, Manchester, the exhibition is accompanied by the entire world premiere of Cassils’ first piece of present-day dance, Human Evaluate. 

The effectiveness is a collaboration with choreographer Jasmine Albuquerque and attracts on personalized safety, vulnerability and problematizes visibility in a minute of heightened violence versus the GNC/trans neighborhood.

“I see remaining an artist as becoming a provider company,” Cassils mentioned, “and I will do what ever it takes to build a thing that is significant and that can make the globe a safer and much better put for persons.”

The Faculty of Artwork is thrilled to welcome Cassils and invitations all people to find out a lot more about their work Thursday, Nov. 11, at 5:30 p.m.

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