The work of Jill Magid is deeply rooted in her personal experience and blurs the limits between art and life. In her performances she explores the tensions between the individual and the structures of purportedly “protective” authorities such as the intelligence services and police.
In 2004 she spent 31 days in Liverpool, which was long enough for her to forge links with Citywatch, the firm then running the biggest network of security cameras in the United Kingdom. She asked them to follow her as she made her way, wearing a red coat, through the city past the network of street cameras. The procedure for recovering the images required filling in some thirty forms. She justified her request by couching it in the form of love letters, like the traces of a romance between her, the city, and the police.
*1973, Bridgeport, lives and works in Brooklyn