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School of Artwork Welcomes Visual Artist Cassils to Lecture Collection

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SoArt Visiting Lecture Sequence

The Faculty of Artwork in the Fulbright College or university 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 makes their very own physique the product and protagonist of their performances. Their art contemplates the heritage(s) of LGBTQI+ violence, representation, wrestle and survival. 

For Cassils, efficiency is a sort of social sculpture: drawing from the notion that bodies are shaped in relation to forces of power and social expectations, their operate investigates historic contexts to analyze the present second. 

Referencing conceptualism, feminism and body artwork, Cassils powerfully trains their human body for distinct performative needs, committing to a method of excessive bodily and psychological stamina. By positioning their physique as a battleground, it is with sweat, blood and sinew that Cassils shares ordeals for contemplating histories of violence, illustration, wrestle and survival.

“There could not be a greater time to deliver Cassils to the Faculty of Artwork,” mentioned John Blakinger, art history software director and endowed affiliate professor. “At a second when transgender rights are beneath risk throughout the state, their perform is incredibly suitable and urgent. Cassils uses the overall body as medium to take a look at what it signifies to be trans and nonbinary today. Their multimedia artwork interrogates how society styles the politics of gender.”

In a new posting by CNN, Cassils describes escalating up considering to be an artist intended to be a painter. Their notion transformed and a new path emerged by their instruction at Nova Scotia School of Artwork and Design and style. 

They graduated with a Bachelor of High-quality Arts from Nova Scotia Faculty of Art and Design and an Learn of Fantastic Arts diploma in artwork and built-in media from California Institute of the Arts.

Cassils lately opened their initial solo exhibition in the United Kingdom, a 10-12 months survey of screen and print-primarily based get the job done. Curated by Bren O’Callaghan for Household, Manchester, the exhibition is accompanied by the entire world premiere of Cassils’ initially piece of up to date dance, Human Measure. 

The efficiency is a collaboration with choreographer Jasmine Albuquerque and attracts upon particular protection, vulnerability and problematizes visibility in a minute of heightened violence from the GNC/trans group.

“I see being an artist as staying a services company,” Cassils explained, “and I will do whatever it normally takes to produce something that is significant and that can make the world a safer and improved put for individuals.”

The College of Artwork is thrilled to welcome Cassils and invitations all people to master additional about their work Thursday, Nov. 11, at 5:30 p.m.