Heather Cassils

Hard Times
Camera: Alison Kelly, Ned Stresen-Reuter, Matt Dunnerstick
Edit: Ned Stresen-Reuter, Rhys Ernst
Music: Drew Brody
Performance Score: Kadet Kuhne
TRT 3:36


Heather Cassils is an artist that uses the physical body as sculptural mask to with which to rupture societal norms. Drawing on conceptualism, feminism, body art, gay male aesthetics, and Hollywood cinema, Cassils creates a visual language that is at once emotionally striking and conceptually incisive. Bashing through boundaries, Cassills performs trans not as something about crossing from one sex to another, but rather as continual becoming a process oriented way of being that works in a space of determinacy, spasms and slipperies. ForgingĀ  a series of powerfully trained bodies for different performative and formal purposes, it is with sweat, blood and sinew that CassilsĀ  builds a visual critique and dsicourse around physical and gender ideologies and histories.