Fitchburg Art Museum


February 7 - June 5, 2016                                                                                                                                                            En Espanol

Opening Reception: February 7, 1:00 - 3:00 pm


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Fueled by a common interest in identity, performance artists Alicia, Kelly, and Sara Casilio (identical triplet sisters) and National Geographic
photographer Cary Wolinsky joined forces in 2006 to form TRIIIBE - an artistic collective that often expands to include family, friends, and
fellow artists.  TRIIIBE's painstakingly staged photographs, performances, and videos play up the sameness of the sisters to provoke cultural
conversations about gender, equality, and difference, while traversing hot-button social and political issues.  Behind each TRIIIBE endeavor is
a clever, satirical, and egalitarian exchange of ideas and an elaborate cluster of costumes, wigs, props, and make-up.

TRIIIBE: same difference begins by welcoming FAM visitors into a fantastical, faux dressing room, awash in the actual clothing and
accessories worn by the Casilios to bend gender and slip through stereotype.  The photographs visitors will see in FAM's main galleries are
the result of countless hours of sketching, planning, costume changing, and fine-tuning by all members of the group, collectively.  Wolinsky is
an integral part of this creative process and in his hands the camera, too, becomes a collaborator, rather than just a documentary tool.  Every
shot, every tableau is shaped by TRIIIBE with and through the camera's lens.  Wolinsky and the sisters then scrutinize hundreds of possible
images, poses, and variations before reaching consensus about the final photo to print.  This labored, democratic approach results in unique
conceptual photographs that are highly theatrical, stylized, forceful, and refined.

FAM is honored to share TRIIIBE: same difference with our audiences and grateful to the artists and Arlette Kayafas of Gallery Kayafas in
Boston, MA for making this show possible.

TRIIIBE: same difference is organized by Curator Mary M. Tinti and Koch Curatorial Fellow Emily M. Mazzola and has been supported by a
grant from the Artist's Resource Trust.


                                                                                      TRIIIBE, Compatibility Quiz, archival inkjet print, 2010; Gift of Dr. Anthony Terrana 2015.22; Copyright 2010 TRIIIBE Partners

                                                                                                                                                                         TRIIIBE, Fine, archival inkjet print, 2010; Copyright 2010 TRIIIBE Partners
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Courtesy of the artists and Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                   TRIIIBE, Miss, archival inkjet print, 2010; Copyright 2010 TRIIIBE Partners
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Courtesy of the artists and Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA