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Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
2685 S La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034 | T 310 838 6000

Zackary Drucker

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ZACKARY DRUCKER AND RHYS ERNST, 2014 WHITNEY BIENNIAL

ZACKARY DRUCKER AND RHYS ERNST, 2014 WHITNEY BIENNIAL

PHOTO: CASEY KELBAUGH FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES

ARTIST STATEMENT

Infusing elements of photography, video, text and performance, my work is rooted in cultivating and investigating under-recognized aspects of transgender history, locating myself in the history, and communicating my contemporary experience of gender and sexuality. Drawing from feminist and queer theoretical discourse, I address sexual exploitation, transgender representation, drag performance and explore relationships that facilitate queer/countercultural lineage. With self-awareness and agency, my work reinvents and redistributes relationships of spectacle-spectator, domesticated-exoticized, dominator-subjugated. My performances incriminate the viewer, aiming to challenge conventions of entertainment and drag performance, as well as existing art historical representations of queer people.

I engage and reactivate historical queer vernacular, a coded language of resistance that is often times illegible and cryptic to an unfamiliarized audience. Locating myself both behind and in front of the lens, I inhabit the palatable, and often vacated aesthetic sensibility of drag, replacing the formulaic lip-synching routine with subversive language; I seek to destabilize both the drag-puppet and the voyeur, in an effort to humanize these reductive representations and simultaneously challenge their modes of misinterpretation.

My work provides a place to construct myself. I revisit erased histories, perform and inhabit multiple roles and narratives, and document moments of, and in between, gender scripting a narrative that is inherently self-reflexive as it is constructed, deconstructed and experienced.

BRIEF CV

EDUCATION
2007 MFA, Photography and Media, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2005 BFA, Photography, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

RECENT EXHIBITIONS, PERFORMANCES & SCREENINGS
2014
Relationship (photographs), in collaboration with Rhys Ernst: 2014 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Fan the Flames, curated by Regina Hackett, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
She Gone Rogue (film), in collaboration with Rhys Ernst: 2014 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Flaten Art Museum, St. Olaf College, Minneapolis, MN
Distance is where the heart is, home is where you hang your the heart (photos), in collaboration with Amos Mac: Prospect, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Flaten Art Museum, St. Olaf College, Minneapolis, MN
Readykeulous: The Hurtful Healer, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Paris Photo Los Angeles, presented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, CA
Dallas Art Fair, presented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, CA

2013
Masculine/Femine, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
UNTITLED. Contemporary Art Fair, Miami Beach, presented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
No Name, curated by Aaron Krach and Courtney Childress, On Stellar Rays, New York, NY
Bring Your Own Body/The Story of Lynn Harris, multi-media performance, presented at: RAPID PULSE International Performance Festival, Defibrillator Performance Gallery, Chicago, IL; Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
One Fist (video), presented at: Trans Technology: Circuits of Self, Culture, Belonging, Institute for Women and Art, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
She Gone Rogue (film), presented at: Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival (Platinum Showcase; awarded Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Experimental Film), REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA; Ann Arbor International Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI; Trans Cinema Short Films, presented by Queer Labs, UC Riverside, Riverside, CA
TAMIZDAT, organized by Family Business Gallery (NY), presented at New Holland (pop-up), St. Petersburg, Russia
At least you know you exist (video), presented at: EXPO VIDEO, EXPO Chicago, curated by Dean Otto, Walker Center for the Arts; REMAP, curated by Eve Fowler, The Apartment, Athens, Greece; Blum & Poe Drive In, curated by Sarvia Jasso, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, CA; Queer City Cinema International Film and Video Festival, Regina, Canada.
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles; INFRARED (part of Trans-Ocular: New Perspectives in Transgender Art, Media, and Politics, organized by Jeanne Vaccaro, University of Pennsylvania; To Be Real: Performance and Performativity, Videonale 14, Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany; Temporal Drag (Zackary Drucker and Craig Mulholland), Kendall Koppe, Glasgow, Scotland; Yesterday Once More, presented by Dirty Looks, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Yesterday Once More, presented by Dirty Looks and LA Film Forum, Egyptian Theater, Los Angeles, CA; Trans Cinema Short Films, presented by Queer Labs, UC Riverside, Riverside, CA
Lost Lake (video), presented at: Postcards From Familiar Places and Other Uncommon Sites, curated by Deanna Erdman and Jimena Sarno, POPA Galeria de Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Where Dreams Cross #17, Cinema Queer International Film Festival, Drömfakulteten, Stockholm, Sweden; G is for Gender (MOVING_IMAGE #7, a contemporary ABC), Les Rencontres Internationales, Gaîté Lyrique, Paris; Trans Cinema Short Films, presented by Queer Labs, UC Riverside, Riverside, CA

2012
She Gone Rogue (film), presented at: Made in L.A., Los Angeles Biennial, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
At least you know you exist (video), presented at: 5th Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art, The Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia; MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY; PULSE PROJECTS, PULSE MIAMI 2012, Miami, FL; Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Seattle, WA; FRANK, Oslo, Norway; Yesterday Once More, presented by Dirty Looks, White Columns, New York, NY
Lost Lake (video), presented: This I Promise You, Pleasure Dome, Toronto, Canada
You will never be a woman. You must live the rest of your days entirely as a man and will only grow more masculine with every passing year. There is no way out. (video), presented at: Vtape, Toronto, Canada
One Fist and Lost Lake (videos), presented at: Gold Standard (solo project), VOLTA NY, presented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
Before and After (collaboration with A.L. Steiner) presented: Tilt-Shift: New Queer Perspectives on the Western Edge, curated by Darin Klein, Luis De Jesus
Los Angeles, CA
Bring Your Own Body/The Story of Lynn Harris, multi-media performance, presented: Transactivation: Revealing Queer Histories in the Archive, One Archive, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
The Inability to Be Looked At and the Horror of Nothing to See (live performance)
Common Grounds, Festival of Queer Performance, Regina, SK, Canada
FISH: A Matrilineage of Cunty White-Woman Realness (video) presented: Dirty Looks, Human Resources, Los Angeles; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; PPOW Gallery, New York, NY

2011
Distance is where the heart is, Home is where you hang your heart (collaboration with Amos Mac), presented at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles; PULSE Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
Lost Lake (video), presented at: Feeling Bad, 54th Venice Biennale, Swiss Off-Site Pavilion, curated by Karin Michalski; That's How We Know The Tongue is Blind, Curtat Tunnel, Lausanne, Switzerland; ICEPLOITATION, Tromso Kunstaforening, Tromso, Norway; L.A. Napoli Cercle Blanc Gallery, Berlin Germany; Les Recontres Internationales at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; HACK, Statler Waldorf Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; 2011 San Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco, CA
Complicated Liars (mutli-media), "Readykeulous/The Hurtful Healer", Invisible-Exports, NY, NY
One Fist (video), presented at: "The Living Museum", L.u.c.c.a. Museum of Contemporary Art, Lucca, IT; "The Feminine Canvas", Beacon Arts Building, Los Angeles, CA; "Queering Sex", Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA

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