Thanks to Cassils for giving us one of the most dramatic and chilling photographs we’ve posted on CFile. The image and the video below are from a trailer for Cassils’ performance and video piece Inextinguishable Fire. The video uses a Hollywood stunt, wrapped in messages of trauma and violence. The trailer is grim enough on its own, so we can only imagine what the full 14-minute experience is like. The piece is part of a solo exhibition at MU Eindhoven running until July 19.
From the MU:
“MU proudly presents the first European solo exhibition of Canadian, Los Angeles- based artist Heather Cassils from May 22 until July 19. Cassils is an agitator whose exciting images seduce and provoke. Incendiary showcases Cassils’ live durational works and the resulting performative objects, which melt, vibrate, flash and burn with visceral intensity. Using their physical body to form a visual language, Cassils speaks to the unrepresentability of trauma. Their oeuvre confronts our everyday consumption of violent images.
“Cassils’ latest work, Inextinguishable Fire, will premier at MU. Captured in extreme slow motion Cassils is depicted performing a terrifyingly dangerous stunt in which their body is engulfed in flames. The piece lasts as long as their exhalation (14 seconds stretched to 14 minutes).”
Read our earlier post about Cassils here.
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