The New Social Environment#701

Indisposable: Tactics for Care and Mourning

Featuring Jill H. Casid, Pamela Sneed, Kevin Quiles Bonilla, and Ksenia M. Soboleva, with Phoebe Osborne


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Visual Studies scholar Jill H. Casid, poet Pamela Sneed, and artist Kevin Quiles Bonilla join Rail contributor Ksenia M. Soboleva for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Phoebe Osborne.

In this talk

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Jill H. Casid

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Scholar and artist, Jill H. Casid is Professor of Visual Studies in the Departments of Art History and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Casid is currently completing Necrolandscaping, the first part of a two-book project on Form at the Edges of Life. Casid is the author of Scenes of Projection: Recasting the Enlightenment Subject (Minnesota, 2015) which is being translated into Spanish and forthcoming from Metales Pesados press, among others. Recent articles have appeared in Art in America, Women and Performance, TDR, and elsewhere. Casid’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including in recent exhibitions at Signs and Symbols and the Ford Foundation Gallery, and Documenta 15.

Pamela Sneed

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Pamela Sneed is a New York based poet, performer and visual artist. She is the author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery, KONG and Other Works, Sweet Dreams and Funeral Diva, which was featured in the New York Times and won the 2021 Lambda Lesbian Poetry Award. She has also won the Black Queer Art Mentorship Award, a BOFFO Residency, and was a finalist for New York Theater Workshop’s Golden Harris Award. Sneed has published in The Paris Review, Frieze, ArtForum, The Academy of American Poets and more. Her visual work has been featured in group shows at Leslie Lohman Museum and currently at The Ford Foundation. She is a professor at SAIC, where she has been a guest artist for several years, and she teaches across disciplines in Columbia University’s MFA program.

Kevin Quiles Bonilla

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Interdisciplinary artist Kevin Quiles Bonilla (b. 1992) was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His work has been presented in Puerto Rico, The United States, Mexico, China, Belgium, Japan, and Greece. He’s the recipient of an Emerging Artist Award from The John F. Kennedy Center (2017). He has recently presented his work at The Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, Dedalus Foundation, and elsewhere. He has been an artist in residence at Art Beyond Sight’s Art + Disability Residency (2018-2019), Leslie-Lohman Museum’s Queer Performance Residency (2019), LMCC’s Workspace Residency (2019-2020), and En Foco Inc. Photography Fellowship (2021). He explores ideas around power, colonialism, and history with his identity as context. He currently lives and works between Puerto Rico and New York.

Ksenia M. Soboleva

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New York-based writer and art historian Dr. Ksenia M. Soboleva specializes in queer art and culture. She holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, with a dissertation titled “Fragments: Art, AIDS, and Lesbian Identity in the United States.” Her writings have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, BOMB Magazine, Hyperallergic, art-agenda, and various exhibition catalogues. She has curated exhibitions at Candice Madey Gallery, La MaMa Galleria, and Assembly Room. Soboleva was the 2020-2021 Jan and Marica Vilcek Curatorial Fellow at the Guggenheim Museum. She is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender and LGBTQ+ History at the New York Historical Society.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Phoebe Osborne reading.

Phoebe Osborne

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Based in Brooklyn, NY, Phoebe Osborne’s works have been presented within the US and Europe, including commissions at Transmediale Berlin, La Caldera Barcelona, SFMoMA, Oakland Museum of California, and Lenfest Center for the Arts. They have shown work at E-flux Bar Laika, Southern Exposure, The Boiler Pierogi Gallery, and HetHEM in the Netherlands. Osborne was a 2017 Impulstanz DanceWEB recipient, a 2018-2021 Hercules Art Studio artist-in-residence, and a 2021-22 AIR Gallery Fellow. They hold an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University and an MA in Choreography from DAS Graduate School in Amsterdam. Osborne’s practice resists languages of identity, nation, and culture that divide and render intimacy insentient by reorienting towards a praxis of translation, relation, and care.

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