February 7 - June 5, 2016
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: same difference Programs
with Curator Mary M. Tinti
Thursday, March 3, 5:30 p.m.
Join us for fun, behind-the-scenes tours. Part of FREE First Thursdays
Artist receptions: March 4th, 5:30 - 8:00 pm; April 1st, 5:30 - 8:00 pm Special evening with Daniel Kelm: March 31st, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Gallery Kayafas in Boston is pleased to present TRIIIBE: revisited, a companion exhibit to TRIIIBE: same difference. Gallery Kayafas will feature smaller versions of some of the freestanding triptychs at FAM and show the evolution of the image Fine, as demonstrated in the Fine Wallpaper book. TRIIIBE: revisited is on view from March 4 - April 9.
Educators' Workshop: Defining Identity in Art
Thursday, March 10, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Explore issues of identity and more on a guided tour of TRIIIBE: same difference with FAM Curator Mary M. Tinti and then share ideas for lessons with your fellow educators and Laura Howick, FAM's Director of Education. PDPs available. $7 for Museum members, $10 for non-members. Please register by March 9 through www.familyid.com or by calling 978-345-4207 ext. 305.
with Koch Curatorial Fellow Emily M. Mazzola
Thursday, April 7, 5:30 p.m.
Join us for fun, behind-the-scenes tours. Part of FREE First Thursdays!
Gallery Talk: TRIIIBE
Sunday, April 24, 1:30 p.m.Contrary to the popular image of the individual artist in his or her studio, TRIIIBE creates art as a collective. Alicia, Kelly, and Sara Casilio and photographer Cary Wolinsky will discuss their creative process, how it has evolved, and the issues surrounding identity. Free with Museum admission.