In their parasitical performance, VB Intervention, the Toxic Titties hijacked Beecroft’s work and subverted her vision by engaging the other performers in a critical dialogue and eventually unionizing them, forcing up the cost of their labor.
Cassils, Clover Leary, and Julia Steinmetz – also of the Toxic Titties – then co-authored a paper called Behind Enemy Lines: Inside Vanessa Beecroft. This is an insider account that assesses and rejects the dominant claims surrounding Beecroft’s work. It reads VB46 against the grain, asserting the active role that our bodies play in revealing the troubling mechanism of its production. This essay was published in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (2006), and in the publication Art and Commerce published by Art Metropole.