Cassils is a transgender artist who makes their own body the material and protagonist of their performances. Cassils’s art contemplates the history (s) of LGBTQ+ violence, representation, struggle, and survival. For Cassils, performance is a form of social sculpture: Drawing form the idea that bodies are formed in relation to forces of power and social expectations, Cassils work investigates historical contexts to examine the present moment. Cassilis has had recent solo exhibitions at HOME Manchester, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NYC; Institute for Contemporary Art, AU; Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts; School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston; Bemis Center, Omaha; MU Eindhoven, Netherlands.
They are the recipient of a 2020 Fleck Residency from the Banff Center for the Arts, a Princeton Lewis Artist Fellowship (2019), a United States Artis Fellowship (2018), a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a COLA Grant (2017) and a Creative Capital Award (2015). They have received the inaugural ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art, California Community Foundation Grant, MOTHA (Museum of Transgender History) award, and numerous Visual Artist Fellowship from the Canada Council of the Arts. Their work has been featured in the New Your Times, Boston Glove, Art Forum, Hyperallergic, Wire, The Guardian, TDR, Performance Research, Art Journal and was the subject of the monograph Cassilis published by MU Eindhoven 92015) and their new catalog Solutions is published by the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, TX (2020). Cassils’s work was recently acquired by the Victoria Albert Museum, London, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, and the Leslie Lohman Museum.
Cassils’ Pronouns: They/ Them/ Their
Exhibitions on view:
Fashioning Masculinities, Victoria & Albert Museum (Now – Nov 6, 2022)
Claiming Space, Montalvo Arts Center (July 15, 2022 – Jan 15, 2023)
EX-stend Ex-cess, Towson University (Aug 26 – Dec 10, 2022)
CryptoPong, Nikolaj Kunsthal (Sep 9, 2022-Jan 2, 2023)