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Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
SHE GONE ROGUE, 2012
Film still
HD video, color, sound
22:00 min.

Zackary Drucker is an independent artist, cultural producer, and trans woman who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality, and seeing. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Biennial 2014, MoMA PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, MCA San Diego, and SF MoMA, among others. Drucker is an Emmy-nominated Producer for the docu-series This Is Me, as well as a Producer on Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Transparent.

Drucker earned an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007 and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2005. Her recent videos and films include Mother Comes To Venus (2018), created in collaboration with Emmy and Golden Globe-winning director Jill Soloway (Transparent), and featuring queer rapper Mykki Blanco and trans actress Alexandra Grey; SHE GONE ROGUE (created in collaboration with transgender film director Rhys Ernst), presented in the 2014 Whitney Biennial; Fan the Flames, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Flaten Art Museum, St. Olaf College, Minneapolis; Made in L.A. 2012 (Los Angeles Biennial), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and At least you know you exist, presented at MoMA PS1 and the 3rdMoscow Biennial for Young Art, among many other notable venues. Other videos include One Fist, The Inability to Be Looked At, and The Horror of Nothing to See, Lost Lake, FISH: A Matrilineage of Cunty White-Woman Realness, and 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.

Drucker has also performed and exhibited her work internationally in numerous museums, galleries, and film festivals including the 54th Venice Biennale (Swiss Off-Site Pavilion); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; ICA London; Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Netherlands; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Curtat Tunnel, Lausanne, Switzerland; L.U.C.C.A. Museum of Contemporary Art, Lucca, IT; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tromso Kunstaforening, Tromso, Norway; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Hammer Museum, REDCAT and LACE, all in Los Angeles, among others. She is represented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, "Relationship, #1 (This is the first picture)," 2008-2014, Digital chromogenic print, 7.5 x 10 inches

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
Relationship, #1 (This is the first picture), 2008-2014
Digital c-print
7.5 x 10 in.

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, "Relationship, #5 (The Shadow Self)," 2008-2014, Digital chromogenic print, 16 x 24 inches

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
Relationship, #5 (The Shadow Self), 2008-2014
Digital c-print
16 x 24 in.

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, "Relationship, #8 (We both lived in apt 206)," 2008-2014, Digital chromogenic print, 20 x 20 inches

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
Relationship, #8 (We both lived in apt 206), 2008-2014
Digital c-print
20 x 20 in.

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, "Relationship, #10 (Madam, in Eden I'm Adam)," 2008-2014, Digital chromogenic print, 18.6 x 14 inches

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
Relationship, #10 (Madam, in Eden I'm Adam), 2008-2014
Digital c-print
18.6 x 14 in.

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, "Relationship, #11 (Palindromes)," 2008-2014, Digital chromogenic print, 18.6 x 14 inches

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
Relationship, #11 (Palindromes), 2008-2014
Digital c-print
18.6 x 14 in.

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, "Relationship, #12," 2008-2014, Digital chromogenic print, 24 x 24 inches

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
Relationship, #12, 2008-2014
Digital c-print
24 x 24 in.

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, "Relationship, #14 (His and Hers)," 2008-2014, Digital chromogenic print, 7.5 x 10 inches

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
Relationship, #14 (His and Hers), 2008-2014
Digital c-print
​7.5 x 10 in.

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, "Relationship, #18 (Daisies)," 2008-2014, Digital chromogenic print, 18 x 24 inches

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
Relationship, #18 (Daisies), 2008-2014
Digital c-print
18 x 24 in.

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, "Relationship, #1 (This is the first picture)," 2008-2014, Digital chromogenic print, 15 x 20 inches

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
Relationship, #19 (Three Years of ZackaRhys), 2008-2014
Digital c-print
15 x 20 in.

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, "Relationship, #20," 2008-2014, Digital chromogenic print, 13.3 x 20 inches

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
Relationship, #20, 2008-2014
Digital c-print
13.3 x 20 in.

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, "Relationship, #23 (The Longest Day of the Year)," 2008-2014, Digital chromogenic print, 13.3 x 20 inches

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
Relationship, #23 (The Longest Day of the Year), 2008-2014
Digital c-print
13.3 x 20 in.

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, "Relationship, #24 (This Shadow Self)," 2008-2014, Digital chromogenic print, 16 x 24 inches

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
Relationship, #24 (This Shadow Self), 2008-2014
Digital c-print
​16 x 24 in.

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, "Relationship, #28," 2008-2014, Digital chromogenic print, 12 x 16 inches

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
Relationship, #28, 2008-2014
Digital c-print
12 x 16 in.

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, "Relationship, #30," 2008-2014, Digital chromogenic print, 15 x 20 inches

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
Relationship, #30, 2008-2014
Digital c-print
​15 x 20 in.

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, "Relationship, #33," 2008-2014, Digital chromogenic print, 7 x 10 inches

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
Relationship, #33, 2008-2014
Digital c-print
​7 x 10 in.

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, "Relationship, #35 (Pygmalion)," 2008-2014, Digital chromogenic print, 24 x 36 inches

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
Relationship, #35 (Pygmalion), 2008-2014
Digital c-print
24 x 36 in.

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
Relationship, #44, 2008-2014
Digital c-print
20 x 30 in.

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
Relationship, #48, 2008-2014
Digital c-print
14 x 21 in.

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
Relationship, #51, 2008-2014
Digital c-print
15 x 20 in.

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
Relationship, #54, 2008-2014
Digital c-print
14 x 21 in.

Relationship (2008-2014) is a series of intimate snapshots taken by Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst that depicts the arc of their real-life love story, and coincides with the experimental, semi-autobiographical film that they created together, SHE GONE ROGUE (2012). In the film, the relationship is hinted at; in the photographs, it is underscored.   

 

In a New York Times preview of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Carol Vogel describes Relationship as "an especially provocative photographic diary [that] chronicles the couple's five-and-a-half year relationship, in which one transitioned from female to male, and the other from male to female. Until now, this had been a private journal."  

 

Taken from 2008-2014, the photographs are an intimate voyeuristic view into the private relationship of these two individuals. Reminiscent of Nan Goldin’s photographs from the late 1970s or early 1980s, the portraits convey a specific time and place—the sexuality of two people in love who have opted for a non-operative transition into an altered gender existence on hormones.

 

As both subjects and creators of these images, Drucker and Ernst engage varying elements of self-fashioning. Representing themselves in the midst of shifting subjectivities and identities and making images that are both unguarded as well as performative, Relationship is an extension of their narrative filmmaking practices. Collectively, the photographs become a cinematic version of their romantic and creative collaboration. Simultaneously fact and fiction, they disclose the pair as self-consciously and conspicuously presenting themselves, offering autobiography as ambiguity and unraveling identity as a construction. In Drucker's words:

 

"Our bodies are a microcosm of the greater external world as it shifts to a more polymorphous spectrum of sexuality. We are all collectively morphing and transforming together, and this is just one story of an opposite-oriented transgender couple living in Los Angeles.

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