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• Magid used Closed Circuit Television System surveillance footage from Liverpool, UK to create an intimate portrait of her relationship with the police.
• She was commissioned by the Dutch secret service (AIVD) to make a work for its headquarters that involved collecting and displaying the personal data of eighteen willing employees.
• Her presence at a shooting at the Texas State Capital has inspired a series of works.
For Jill Magid, power is not a remote condition to contest but something to manipulate, exploit, engage in dialogue, infiltrate, and repeat the logic of. In her conceptually rigorous, performance-based practice, Magid seeks to engage institutions of power on an intimate level. For The Evidence Locker (2013), she used Liverpool’s CCTV control stations to collect footage of herself as seen on surveillance cameras throughout the city, then presented the compilation of videos at the 2004 Liverpool Biennial, thus creating a portrait of the relationship between herself, the police, and the city. Magid’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Tate Modern, London (2009), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2010), Berkeley Museum of Art, California (2011), and many others. Her work transgresses our understandings of art’s boundaries as she establishes herself as a trailblazer in the global art scene.