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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An artist-theorist and historian, Jill H. Casid holds the appointment of Professor of Visual Studies in the Departments of Art History and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Casid is bringing to completion Doing Things with Being Undone in the Necrocene, the first part of a two-book project on Form at the Edges of Life. Casid is the author of Sowing Empire: Landscape and Colonization (Minnesota, 2005), Scenes of Projection: Recasting the Enlightenment Subject (Minnesota, 2015) which is in Spanish translation (Metales Pesados, 2022), and the co-edited collection Art History in the Wake of the Global Turn (Yale, 2014). Casid’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the steirischerherbst ‘23 in Graz.

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, Funeral Diva, which was featured in the New York Times and won the 2021 Lambda Lesbian Poetry Award, and other books. She is a 2023 Creative Capital awardee in literature and has also won the Black Queer Art Mentorship Award and a BOFFO Residency. Sneed has published in The Paris Review, Frieze, and others publications. 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. Her upcoming performance, A Tribute to Big Mama Thornton, will be at Joe’s Pub March 1 & 2, 2024.

Kevin Quiles Bonilla

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Kevin Quiles Bonilla is an interdisciplinary artist born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Through photography, performance and installation, his works explore ideas around power, colonialism, and history with his identity as context. He received a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Puerto Rico (2015) and an MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons The New School for Design (2018). He has presented his work at Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, Lincoln Center and Ford Foundation. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at the EmergeNYC (2021) and Monira Foundation Residency (2024), among others. His work has been featured in publications including Hyperallergic and The Guardian. His upcoming solo show will be at Baxter St. Gallery in June 2024. He lives and works between New York and Puerto Rico.

Ksenia M. Soboleva

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Dr. Ksenia M. Soboleva is a New York based art historian specializing in queer art and culture. She holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, with a dissertation on art, AIDS, and lesbian identity in the United States. Soboleva is currently working on a book project titled Friendship as a Way of Art: Queer Identity and Visual Citation, and co-editing (with Svetlana Kitto) the first major publication on the lesbian gallery Trial Balloon. Her writings have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, BOMB Magazine, Hyperallergic, Ursula Magazine, as well as various exhibition catalogues and artist monographs. She teaches at the New School and NYU.

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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