Cassils: Human Measure
Internationally regarded for their work, Cassils makes their own body the material and protagonist of their work. Working in live performance, sculpture, photography, sound design and film, and referencing conceptualism, feminism, and body art, Cassils powerfully trains their body for different performative purposes, committing to a process of extreme physical and psychological endurance. By positioning their body as a battleground, it is with sweat, blood, and sinew that Cassils shares experiences for contemplating histories of violence, representation, struggle, and survival.
Cassils’ Human Measure, Curated by Bren O’Callaghan, is a 10-year survey at a critical moment for transgender advocacy. The works—which take the form of an exhibition—and accompanying one day performance will grapple with the question: “What does it mean to engage in the politics of representation in a moment of heightened violence?”.
The live-streamed performance on 7th October 2021 is Cassils' first commission for stage: a collaboration with renowned choreographer Jasmine Albuquerque, the piece is inspired by Yves Klein's Anthropometries paintings. As an artist whose physical practice deeply inspires their work, Cassils aims to demonstrate movements grounded in oppression and resilience.