Zackary Drucker “Lost lake”

Zackary Drucker is an artist who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality and seeing. Her participatory art works complicate established binaries of viewer and subject, insider and outsider, and male and female in order to create a complex image of the self. Drucker 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. She earned an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007 and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2005. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in numerous museums, galleries, and film festivals including the 54th Venice Biennale 2011.

The film “Lost lake” is shot at the peak of autumn in a rural Midwestern US locale starring the artist Van Barnes. This non-narrative short film posits beauty and fear as inextricable from the psyche of the American landscape. Contemplative moments and stunning sceneries are harshly punctuated with the vocabularies of witch-hunts, hate crimes and psychological violence.


Title: Lost lake

Time: 8 min

Year: 2010

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