Becoming An Image

Photo: Cassils with Manuel Vason

Featuring: Cassils
Images courtesy of Ronald Feldman Gallery

Presented By

For Freedoms

This performance takes place in total darkness with zero visibility.


Becoming an Image is a piece that works at the interstices of performance,  photography, and sculpture. This piece was originally conceived as a site-specific work for the ONE Archives in Los Angeles, the oldest active LGBTQ archive in the United States. Cassils unleashes an attack on a 2000 pound clay block. Delivering a series of kicks and blows in total darkness, the spectacle is illuminated only by the flash of a photographer, burning the image into the viewer’s retina. At Cassils’s solo show at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, 12 photographs were displayed. They were taken by blinded photographers who captured performances from prior exhibitions in London, Montreal, and Los Angeles.


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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