I Am a Camera (from Shame's Glove), 2013. 12 SX-70 Polaroids with Impossible Project film, vintage chrome and leather SX-70 Polaroid camera body, and leather carrying case with engraved steel. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Madison, WI

Overview

Shame’s Glove, Jill Casid's photographic installation, includes a vingage SX-70 Polaroid camera and carrying case, in addition to twelve Polaroids of the artist posing, often provocatively, for the camera. In exhibiting these self-portraits, the artist makes public what would appear to be very private expressions of sexuality. The audacity of Casid’s installation—the unabashed presentation of her own body, and her bold navigation of (homo)erotic longing—lays bare, quite literally, our culture’s unresolved tensions behind the display of desire, sexuality, and femininity. And, just as the artist exposes herself to the public, the viewer is exposed as a spectator to the erotic. In this deeply layered project, Casid presents the photograph as a complex site of encounter. 

Biography

Jill Casid is Professor of Visual Studies in the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she founded and directs the Center for Visual Culture. She received her PhD from Harvard University in 1999. She is an art historian of modern and contemporary art, a theorist, and practicing artist in photo-based media. Of her many publications, her book projects include Sowing Empire: Landscape and Colonization (2005) and the forthcoming Shadows of Enlightenment, both with the University of Minnesota Press.