In an age saturated with screens, Casilda Sánchez’s As Inside As The Eye Can See challenges us to fundamentally reconsider what it means to look. Two eyeballs approach each other, hauntingly disembodied and projected at a gigantic scale. At such proximity, they could not possibly see each other in clear focus. The familiar features of lashes and skin appear alien to the viewer as well. As texture dominates the screen and the lashes begin to brush against each other, the act of looking becomes more tactile than visual, upending the traditional sensory hierarchy that favors vision over all other senses.
Museums have historically played a role in prioritizing sight over the other senses, especially touch and hearing. While Sánchez’s video work does not offer a tactile or sonic experience, it nonetheless destabilizes our notions of what it means to experience a work of art by asking us to spend time looking closely. Artworks in this time-based media gallery—whether video, film, sound, performance, or other media—will invite viewers to experience a work of art as it unfolds over time and in the senses.
Born in Madrid, Spain, Casilda Sánchez holds a Master’s Degree in Film, Video and New Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives and works in Madrid.
Her work has been shown in museums, art centers and galleries such as Videonale13 at Kunstmuseum Bonn, La Panera Centre d'Art (Spain), Ground Floor Biennial at Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), Aspect/Ratio Chicago (Chicago), NTMoFA the National Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), Soho Photo Gallery (New York), Directors Lounge (Berlin), Museum of the University of Alicante (Madrid, Spain), International Roaming Biennial of Tehran (Istanbul), Estampa Art Gallery (Madrid), FILE RIO 2009 Electronic Language International Festival (Brazil), and the Museum of Visual Arts (Chile), among others.