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.
Jill H. Casid