Cassils I Swear to Be Your Citizen Artist

Canadian Art Jan 25, 2018

The timing is perfect for a gender critique that comes from within the United States. On my way to and from viewing Cassils’ recent show in New York, I crossed the American border as someone in transition, experiencing the same scrutiny that the artist has described on their Instagram account as “panic-” and “breakdown-inducing.” Border guards patted me down for bodily “anomalies” and questioned me while I was prone inside the full-body scanners with my hands in the air, performing the outlaw, othered body for a theatre of TSA agents.

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