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Zackary Drucker

Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
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.

Unison, 2013-2017

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Zackary Drucker, "Unison," 2013-2017, Digital video, 7 minutes, 42 seconds

Zackary Drucker
Unison, 2013-2017
16 mm transferred to digital video
07:42 min.

Zackary Drucker’s Unison (2013 - 2017) is a short-format experimental film that visualizes the cross-generational evolution of transgender identity. Unison is set in and around an idyllic summer cottage in the Pocono Mountains, PA. The cottage is where Drucker has spent every summer of her life, and where the she will most probably have her ashes spread when she dies—and was therefore an ideal setting to image the different stages and trajectories for her own life. Shot as a dreamlike, ethereal pastiche of a life lived in a trans body, the film engenders filmic memory and cross-generational representations of aging and time passing.

The film’s cast includes the late Mother Flawless Sabrina, a then 75-year old drag queen who organized and MCed drag balls in the 1950s and '60s despite frequent arrests and incarcerations. Sabrina was the ultimate gender rebel and frequent muse, oracle, and collaborator to Drucker. Flawless plays the grand dame in elaborate high tea garb; Drucker and her then partner Rhys Ernst—a filmmaker and transgender man who collaborated with her on the short film, SHE GONE ROGUE (2012)—play a couple in a love-forsaken relationship. Additional performers include Ernst’s eight year old nephew—beautiful in his own youthful androgyny, Drucker's real-life mother, and Van Barnes, a transgender woman with whom Drucker has collaborated with on several projects.

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