Photo: Cassils with Manuel Vason

Featuring: Cassils
Images courtesy of Ronald Feldman Gallery

Presented By

For Freedoms

Alchemic is a photo series of torqued metallic abstractions, gilds & exalts self-determined trans embodiment.

The Alchemic suite of photographs was created in collaboration with Robin Black. In Alchemic, Cassils presents their gold-painted, muscular body as a philosophical homage to Robert Mapplethorpe’s classically beautiful Male Nudes and Statuary series.


CASSILS is a visual artist working in live performance, film, sound, sculpture and photography.

Listed by the Huffington Post as “one of ten transgender artists who are changing the landscape of contemporary art,” Cassils has achieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture.Drawing on conceptualism, feminism, body art, gay male aesthetics, Cassils forges a series of powerfully trained bodies for different performative purposes. It is with sweat, blood and sinew that Cassils constructs a visual critique around ideologies and histories.

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For Freedoms is a platform for greater participation in the arts and civil society. We produce exhibitions, installations, public programs, and billboard campaigns to advocate for inclusive civic participation. Inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)–freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear–For Freedoms Federation uses art to encourage and deepen public explorations of freedom in the 21st century.

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