Eliza Steinbock
Photographic Flashes: On Imaging Trans Violence in Heather Cassils’ Durational Art
– Photography & Culture issue "Queering Photography"
article 2014


Cassils’ recent work opens up a set of questions relevant to the study of gender variant and queer visual cultures: Does a trans body experienced as a punctum (a detail or intensity of time that pricks the viewer) indicate queer anxieties? What is the temporality of photographic violence? How can the body’s resiliency be pictured? The essay advances by tracking intersecting violences in Cassils’ Cuts and BAI, and then concludes with a consideration of bodybuilding as a model for understanding the dual nature of violence’s generative-destructive powers.


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