Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 7:30pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
Jill Magid forges intimate relationships within bureaucratic structures—flirting with, seducing, and subverting authority. Her projects probe seemingly impenetrable systems, such as the NYPD, the Dutch Secret Service, surveillance systems, or, most recently, the estate of architect Luis Barragán, and infiltrates and unsettles these forms of power.
Magid crafts elliptical love letters that draw out human qualities in agents of control. Their charged encounters may be founded on mutual trust, but they are fraught with ethical complications and social asymmetries. Her performances and exhibitions have been commissioned and presented by the Whitney Museum, New York; Tate Modern, London; UC Berkeley Art Museum; and the New Museum, New York; among other venues.
Jill Magid, Trust, 2004; DVD, edited CCTV footage, and audio; 18 minutes; Courtesy of the artist