School of Art Welcomes Visual Artist Cassils to Lecture Series

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The University of Artwork in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is psyched to welcome artist Cassils to the Visiting Lecture Collection. The virtual lecture will be held this Thursday, Nov. 11, at 5:30 p.m.

Cassils is a transgender artist who will make their very own overall body the content and protagonist of their performances. Their artwork contemplates the historical past(s) of LGBTQI+ violence, representation, wrestle and survival. 

For Cassils, efficiency is a form of social sculpture: drawing from the thought that bodies are fashioned in relation to forces of power and social anticipations, their perform investigates historic contexts to analyze the present second. 

Referencing conceptualism, feminism and system art, Cassils powerfully trains their human body for different performative reasons, committing to a approach of severe physical and psychological endurance. By positioning their human body as a battleground, it is with sweat, blood and sinew that Cassils shares ordeals for considering histories of violence, illustration, battle and survival.

“There could not be a better time to convey Cassils to the School of Art,” reported John Blakinger, artwork record program director and endowed affiliate professor. “At a minute when transgender rights are less than danger throughout the region, their do the job is extremely pertinent and urgent. Cassils uses the overall body as medium to investigate what it means to be trans and nonbinary right now. Their multimedia artwork interrogates how culture styles the politics of gender.”

In a current write-up by CNN, Cassils describes growing up imagining to be an artist intended to be a painter. Their perception changed and a new route emerged as a result of their education at Nova Scotia School of Art and Style. 

They graduated with a Bachelor of Fantastic Arts from Nova Scotia University of Art and Layout and an Grasp of Great Arts diploma in art and built-in media from California Institute of the Arts.

Cassils just lately opened their initially solo exhibition in the United Kingdom, a 10-yr study of display and print-centered do the job. Curated by Bren O’Callaghan for Household, Manchester, the exhibition is accompanied by the entire world premiere of Cassils’ initial piece of modern day dance, Human Evaluate. 

The overall performance is a collaboration with choreographer Jasmine Albuquerque and draws upon personalized security, vulnerability and problematizes visibility in a moment of heightened violence versus the GNC/trans community.

“I see currently being an artist as staying a service service provider,” Cassils claimed, “and I will do no matter what it can take to build a thing that is significant and that can make the entire world a safer and better location for people today.”

The School of Art is thrilled to welcome Cassils and invitations every person to understand a lot more about their work Thursday, Nov. 11, at 5:30 p.m.