On becoming: a conversation with transgender artist Cassils

Perth Festival artist Cassils offers their read on gender stereotyping, cross-generational mentoring, how to use training as transformation and doing "all-nighters" for art.
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Becoming an Image, Perth Festival, at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 2019. Photo: Cassils with Manuel Vason. Image courtesy of Cassils and Ronald Feldman Gallery

I have to admit, I was a little nervous going into a one-on-one interview with Canadian-born transgender artist Cassils, being conscious of getting the nomenclature correct and avoiding the eddies of hype and preconception.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina