Don't Look at Me Like That
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is pleased to present ZACKARY DRUCKER & MANUEL VASON: DON'T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT, an exhibition of photographic lightboxes, on view in the Project Space from October 19 thru November 23, 2013. An artist's reception will be held on Saturday, October 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. DON'T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT is a collaboration between LA-based performance/photographer/video artist Zackary Drucker and London-based photographer, Manuel Vason. Shot in Milan in 2010 during the course of one of Drucker's performances, this will be the first time that the series is presented in Los Angeles.
The disciple of a silenced, ghettoized community, Zackary Drucker, a young transgender artist/performer from Los Angeles, uses a range of creative devices that all strive towards the portrayal of bodily identity, her own and that of others, obsessively infusing visual media-photographs, videos and performance art-with acute, masochistic emotional compulsions. Conceiving, discovering, and manifesting herself as "a woman in the wrong world", her work is rooted in cultivating and investigating under-recognized aspects of transgender history, locating herself in that history, and communicating her contemporary experience of gender and sexuality. With self-awareness and agency, her work reinvents and redistributes relationships of spectacle-spectator, dominator-subjugated, and the domesticated-exoticized. "My work provides a place to construct myself" says Drucker. "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."
Zackary 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 films include SHE GONE ROGUE (created in collaboration with transgender film director/producer Rhys Ernst), presented in MADE IN LA, the first Los Angeles Biennial at the Hammer Museum, and At least you know you exist, presented at MoMA PS1 and the 3rd Moscow Biennial of Young Art. 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); Curtat Tunnel, Lausanne, Switzerland; L.U.C.C.A. Museum of Contemporary Art, Lucca, IT; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tromso Kunstaforening, Tromso, Norway; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Hammer Museum, REDCAT and LACE, all in Los Angeles.