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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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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.


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

Beating Around the Bush. Episode #4, presenting Relationship and She Gone Rogue, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, NL
Post / Relationship / X, (solo exhibition), Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Relationship (photographs), in collaboration with Rhys Ernst: Flaten Art Museum, (solo exhibition), St. Olaf College, Minneapolis, MN
2014 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Fan the Flames, curated by Sophie Hackett, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
World Pride, Toronto Transit, Ontario, Canada (series displayed on digital billboards)
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
At least you know you exist
Les Rencontres Internationales, Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin, DM
"The fan riots", SOS 4.8 Festival, Murcia, Spain
Mo-Wave Festival, Seattle, WA
The Inability to Be Looked at and the Horror of Nothing to See
Gash/Lace, Periwinkle Cinema, Oakland, CA
Readykeulous: The Hurtful Healer, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Bitches Rule, Cycle 3, &Pens Press, Los Angeles
You Will Never Be a Woman. You Must Live The Rest of your Days Entirely As a Man and You Will Only Grow More Masculine With Every Passing Year. There is No Way Out.
KARLIN STUDIOS, Prague, Czech Republic
Lost Lake
Here and Now: Queer Geographies in Contemporary Photography, Silver Eye Center for
Photography, Pittsburgh, PA
TRANSIENT, Los Angeles, CA
AntiFreeze, New York, NY, performance
Paris Photo Los Angeles, presented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, CA
Dallas Art Fair, presented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, CA
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, Michigan
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.
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,
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