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The Guardian (UK)

“Artist Cassils is set on fire – and opens our eyes to violence”
Lyn Gardner The Guardian Nov 9, 2015

New York Times

“Cassils: Transgender Artist Goes to Extremes” 
Stephen Hayman New York Times Nov 18, 2015


Getsy, David. "On Cassils,” Artforum, February 15, 2018

Huffington Post

“103 Shots: Listening to Orlando”Julia Steinmetz
Huffington Post June 27, 2016

Performance Matters

“On Propagating Collective Resistance in Times of War: A Conversation with Cassils”
Eliza Steinbock Performance Matters Vol 4, No 3, 2018

Huffington Post

“Trans Performance Artist Fights an Invisible Oppressor, But Who?”
Huffington Post Priscilla Frank April 5, 2016


All Press and Media, by Year


Heather, Rosemary. “Cassils turns the act of looking at trans bodies into performance: While suspended from a harness in a Plexiglas box, the Montreal artist made a big impression – and a mess – at the Gardiner Museum,” Now Toronto, March 2, 2020.

Taylor, Kate. “Performance artist Cassils explores trans visibility through performance with clay,” The Globe and Mail, February 21, 2020.

Grieg, James. “Photos that explore the male body beyond the perfectly sculpted ideal,” i-D, February 25, 2020.

Frankel, Eddy. “ Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography review,” Time Out, February 18, 2020.


Fairley, Gina. “The 20 most read visual storied of 2019,” ArtsHub, December 23, 2019.

Osenlund, R. Kurt. “12 queer artists whose work is making us pay attenttion,” NBC NEWS, December 13, 2019.

Cowan, Katy. “Major photography exhibition to spark conversations surrounding our understanding of masculinity,” Creative Boom, November 06, 2019.

Michael, Michael Love. “You Can Call Me Sir Honors the Lineage of Female Sex Work,”Paper Magazine, July 22, 2019.

Westall, Mark. “Wellcome Collection to open new permanent gallery,” Fad Magazine, July 22, 2019.

Bastow, Clem. "Inflatable penises, latex pigs and a Justin Bieber shrine: Dark Mofo's wildest rides," The Guardian (London, UK), June 19, 2019.

Francis, Hannah. "Dark Mofo pushes trauma boundaries with self-immolation and VR violence," Syndey Morning Herald (Sydney, UK), June 16, 2019.

“Dark Mofo: A Forest opens with artist melting ice with body heat," NT News (Northern Territory, Australia), June 11, 2019.

"Artist's Performance is on fire - literally," Mercury (Hobart, Australia), June 11, 2019.

"Dark Mofo 2019: Cassils' performance to deliver a firey opening for A Forest," The Advertiser (Adelaide, Australia), June 11, 2019

“Dark Mofo works to watch out for," Financial Review (Sydney, Australia), June 7, 2019.

Dunhill, Anna. “Cassils: Alchemic,” Art Guide Australia , March 15, 2019.

Wilson, Ashleigh. “Perth Festival: The Joy of Breaking Out While Looking In,” The Australian (Australia), Feb 13, 2019.

Fairley, Gina. “Alchemic by Cassils, PICA,” Visual Arts Hub, Feb 12, 2019.

Dow, Steve. “CASSILS,” VAULT Magazine, Issue 25, Feb 7, 2019.

Ayres, Ed. “Cassils on using their body as artwork to fight for transgender rights on The Hub on Art - ABC RN,” ABC (Australia), February 5, 2019.

Dow, Steve. “Visual artist Cassils uses bodybuilding and boxing to empower and enlighten,” The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, Australia), 18 January 2019.

Nordeen, Bradford. “Blood in the Lung: Ron Athey, Cassils and Fanaa Conjure a Ritual Body at the Arizona Desert’s Biosphere 2,” Frieze, Jan 15 2019.


Johnson, Kelley. “Cassils: Solutions at The Station Museum of Contemporary Art,” Houston Review, December 18, 2018.

Burghardt, Aubrey. “Finding Solutions: Gender-Nonconforming Artist Cassils Demands Reverence for Trans Bodies,” Spectrum South (Houston, TX), December 26, 2018.

Moffit, Evan. “Black and Blue and Red All Over In Houston,” Frieze, Dec 4, 2018.

“The Tattooist of Auscwitz, Billboard art and US politics, Emma Rise and Wise Children,” Front Row on BBC Radio 4 (London, UK), Friday, October 19, 2018.

Munoz, Maria. “Cassils/ El cuerpo como escultura social,”, July 5, 2018.

Di Yu, Sandy. “Art and Pride: LGBTQ+ Artists Who Have Made an Impact,”, July 3, 2018.

“Best of 2017: Our Top 20 Exhibitions Across the United States,” Hyperallergic, January 20, 2018. 

Barragan, Eva. “Wanted: Clean Urine Free of Toxicity, Heartlessness, or Prejudice,” Flaunt, January 19, 2018.

Duran, Maximiliano. “United States Artists Names 2018 Fellows, Including Dread Scott, Pepón
Osorio, and Cassils” ArtNews, January 16, 2018.


Small, Zachary. “These Trans and Queer Artists Are Challenging Popular Notions of Strength,” Artsy, October 17, 2017. 

Burke, Sarah. “2017’s Breakout Artists Brought Marginalized Identity to the Fore” Broadly, December 21, 2017.

Casals, Gonzalo. “What is the Most Iconic Artwork of the 21st Century?” Artnet, September 29, 2017.

Ryan, Hugh. “Cassils is Pissed”, OUT Magazine, September 26, 2017.

Sheets, Hilarie M. “Gender-Fluid Artists Come Out of the Gray Zone,” New York Times (New York, NY), September 15, 2017.

Michelson, Noah. “The Powerful Reason Why This Artist Has Been Saving His Urine for the Past
200 Days”, Huffington Post, September 16, 2017.

“Manifest: The Body” Raw Material Podcast, Season 2, Episode 2, SFMoMA (San Francisco, CA). May 15, 2017.

Emenhiser-Harris, Karen. “A 1,900-Pound Sculpture Pushed Through the Streets of Omaha, in Tribute to Its LGBTQ History.” Hyperallergic, May 5, 2017.

Patel, Alpesh Kantilal. “Crtist’s pick: Omaha.” Artforum, May 9, 2017.

Carpenter, Kim. “Art notes: Monumental Push: Heavy sculpture, heavy topic.”,  April 27, 2017.

Cassils. “Cassils’ ‘Resilience of the 20%’ World Premiere Set for Omaha.” By Corbin Hirschhorn. KVNO News, April 25, 2017.

Lilla, Kristen. “Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts reveals three installations related to gender,
identity.” The Daily Nonpareil (Iowa), February 9, 2017.

Kozel, Melinda. “Cassils: The Phantom Revenant.” The Reader (Omaha, NE), January 28, 2017.

Wittington, Lew. “Transgender Themes in Art and Dance at PAFA.”, January 17, 2017.

Day, Gary. “The Inspiration That is Cassils.” Philadelphia Gay News (Philadelphia, PA), January 12, 2017.

Frank, Priscilla “Artists Tackle Stale Ideas of Masculinity that Restrict People of All Genders.”, January 11, 2017.

“How to Set Yourself on Fire.” Canadaland Podcast, January 11, 2017.

Welles, Elenore. “The Ecstasy of Mary Shelley.”, January 8, 2017.


Campbell, Andy. “The Year in Performance.”Artforum, December (2016).

Finkelstein, Avram and Hugh Ryan. “Ten Queer Reimaginings of New York’s ‘Gay Liberation Monument.”, December 23, 2016.

Ward, Flora. “Violence, Birth, and Becoming An Image: Cassils at PAFA.”, December 11, 2016.

Day, Gary. “Intimacy and Isolation in the Dark: Cassils at PAFA.”, December 5, 2016.

Cassils. “A Fiery Attack on Gender Norms: TCP Meets Cassils.” By The Creators Project., November 18, 2016.

McQuaid, Cate. “Finding the Gray in Black and White.” The Boston Globe (Boston, MA), September 29, 2016. 

Hopkins, Christopher Snow. “An Artist Attempts to Resensitize Us to Image of Violence.”, September 27, 2016.

Melamed, Samantha. “Ghost Images.” The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA), August 19, 2016. 

Reinhard, Rebekka. “Frau, Mann, Oder? Ein Versuch zum Thema Transidentitaten.” Hohe Luft (Hamburg, Germany), September 2016. 

Louw, Gretta. “Dismantling the Myths of Sports.”, August 19, 2016.

Tschida, Anne. “Voices from the Margins.” Miami Herald (Miami, FL), July 29, 2016.

Stone, Jamal. “Artists Came Together to Form a Wholly Unique, Non-Partisan Super PAC.”, June 9, 2016.

Iannacci, Elio. “The art that comes from bodybuidling and death-defying stunts.” Maclean’s (Canada), July 4, 2016.

Greenberger, Alex. “Actual Revolution: Chelsea’s Jack Shainman Gallery Transforms into Headquarters for an Artist-Run Super PAC.”, June 8, 2016.

Gavin, Francesca. “Cassils.” Kaleidoscope 27, Summer Issue, 2016. Ongley, Hannah. “Why Was This Trans Artist’s Portrait Banned in Germany?”, May 16, 2016.

“Cassils Accuses Deutsch Bank of Transphobia.”, May 13, 2016. 

“German Railroad Company Bans Ad for LGBTQ Show.”, May 12, 2016.

Durón, Maximiliano. “Ad for LGBTQ Show with Photo by Trans Artist Cassils is Banned by German Rail, Then Allowed.”, May 12, 2016.

Exhibitionists. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Canada), Season 1, Episode 24, April 17, 2016. 

Frank, Priscilla. “Trans Performance Artist Fights an Invisible Oppressor, But Who?”, April 5, 2o16.

Cassils. Press Play with Madeleine Brand. By Madeleine Brand. KCRW Radio, Los Angeles/Canada. April 1, 2016. 

Droitcour, Brian. “Transformers.” Spike Art Quarterly 47, Spring Issue (2016): pp. 138-146.

Forman, Ross. “Transgender studies joins forces with art history in a new book from Chicagoan.”, March 2, 2016.


Manthrope, Rowland. “We Watched as an Artist Set Fire to Themselves on Stage.”, November 20, 2015.

Heyman, Stephen. “Cassils: Transgender Artist Goes to Extremes.”, November 18, 2015.

Gardner, Lyn. “Artist Heather Cassils is set on fire – and opens our eyes to violence,”, November 9, 2015.

Blas, Zach and Cassils. “Queer Darkness.” Little Joe, Issue 5, 2015.

Ralston, Ana Carolina.  “Menina ou Menino?” Vogue Brasil, October 2015.

Göbel, Malte.  “Körper von Gewicht.” Siegessäule (Berlin, Germany), October 2015.  

Lankolainen, Eeva. “Pahin vihollinen on näkymätön.” Savon Sanomat (Kuipio, Finland), September 2, 2015.

Johnson, Paddy. “Highlights from the Creative Capital Retreat: Part Two,”, August 21, 2015.

“Fire In The Belly: Trans Artist Cassils Immolates For Art,”, June 4, 2015.

Teplitzky, Alex. “Cassils Takes On Fire and Ice,”, May 22, 2015.

Miranda, Carolina A. “13 L.A. Artists Awarded Creative Capital Artist Grants,” Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA), January 9, 2015.


Yeung, Peter. “The Artists Subverting the Gender Binary.”, November 19, 2014.

Kellaway, Mitch.Racy, Experimental Art from the Transgender Vanguard.” Advocate, August 2, 2014.

Chun, Kimberly. “Projected Personae: Show Focuses On Human Body As Art Medium.” San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco, CA), July 23, 2014.

Mrakovčić, Matija. “Trans* Kao Stalno Postajanje.”, June 27, 2014.

Brooks, Katherine. “A Survey Of Queer Feminist Artists Who Are Challenging Today's Body Oppression.”, June 19, 2014.

Frank, Priscilla. “10 Transgendered Artists Who Are Changing the Landscape of Contemporary Art.”, March 26, 2014.

Schechter, Fran. “Body As Canvas: Videos Get Physical- Literally.” NOW Magazine, March 6, 2014. 

Cassils. CBC Radio. By Gill Deacon. CBC Radio (Toronto, Canada). February 12, 2014.

2013 and earlier

Jovanovich, Alex. “Heather Cassils: Ronald Feldman Fine Arts.” Artforum 52, December (2013): pp. 264-65.

Albracht, Amy. “Clay: Heather Cassils’ Becoming An Image.”, November 8, 2013.

Friezzell, Nell. “Heather Cassils: the transgendered body builder who attacks heaps of clay.”, October 3, 2013.

“Bodybuilder Artist Heather Cassils Channels Lynda Benglis and Eleanor Antin.”, October 14, 2013.

Gopnick, Blake. “The Terminatrix.”, September 25, 2013.

Grey, Kris. “Cassils: Body of Work.” Original Plumbing, August 9, 2013.

“Bashing Binaries – Along With 2000 Pounds of Clay.”, August 7, 2013.

Henry, Joseph. “Material Traces: Time and the Gesture in Contemporary Art.” Esse Magazine (Canada), May 2013. 

Crary, David. “Jason Collins’ Coming Out Breaks New Ground for Gay Rights Trend.”, April 29, 2013.

“LGBT Athletes: 27 Players Who Have Come Out Of The Closet.”, April 29, 2013.

Mortimer, Dora. “Live Art Review: Becoming An Image.” (UK), April 16, 2013.

Jankovic, Bojana. “Becoming An Image at the National Theatre Studio.” (UK), April 13, 2013.

“Transgendered Day of Remembrance 2012: 50 Transgender Icons.”, November 20, 2012.

Hoeteger, Megan. “Re-performance: History as and Experience to Be Had.” X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly 15, Fall Issue (2012). 

Jaakelainen, Veera. “Kehon muuttaminen muuttaa katseuta.” Perjantaina (Finland), October 17, 2012. 
“LGBT History Month: 30 LGBT Artists and Performers to Follow.”, October 11, 2012. 

Michelson, Noah.  “Heather Cassils Creates Visual Options With Her Body.”, July 9, 2012.

“Transactivations.” By Mae Ryan. 89.3 KCPP Los Angeles, April 2012.

Yablonsky, Linda. “California Dreamin'.”, October 7, 2011.

Heather Cassils: A Traditional Sculpture.”, October 4, 2011. 

Wagley, Catherine. “Heather Cassils Gets Ripped for LACE Performance Art Show.” LA Weekly (Los Angeles, CA), September 29, 2011.

“16th Annual Out 100.” Out Magazine, December 2010.

Carolin, Louise. "Inside Story.” Diva Magazine 169, June Issue (2010): pp. 43-47.

Anthony, Michael. “Our Hot 25 List: Locals Who Influence and Inspire Us.” Frontiers Magazine 26, June Issue (2010): p. 44.

Michelson, Noah. “Heather Cassils: Lady Gaga’s Prison Yard Girlfriend.”, March 15, 2010.

Raizaa, Kristen. “An Interview with the Guerilla Girls, Dyke Action Machine (DAM!), and the Toxic Titties.” NWSA Journal 19, Spring Issue (2007): pp. 39-58.

Tang, Joey. “Art Protest-Toxic Titties.” Black Book Magazine, Spring Issue (2004): p. 60.

Kuiland-Nazario, Marcus. "24 Hour Party People." LA Weekly (Los Angeles, CA), November 28, 2003. 

Rommelmann, Nancy. “Basement Revelry.” Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA), November 23, 2003. 

Hernandez, Edgar-Alejandro. “Tropa Toxica.” Reforma Mexico City (Mexico), July 7, 2003.

Muñoz, Jose Esteban. "Dinner Reservations." Tema Celeste, November/December (2002).

Chang, Jade. "Boob Tube Cube." LA Weekly, (Los Angeles, CA),  November 15-21, 2002. Timberg, Scott.

"Experimental Art Takes to the Streets." Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA), November 4, 2002. 

Boecker, Susanne. "Die Starken eines Bundnisses." Kolner Stadanzeiger (Germany), July 13, 2002.