Zackary Drucker “At Least You Know You Exist”


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 movie “At Least You Know You Exist” is entirely filmed in an apartment in uptown New York, where the legendary performance and drag queen Mother Flawless Sabrina lives. The film is a site-specific examination of a seemingly fixed place but where everything is in a state of constant change. In the work between “Flawless” and Drucker a weaving and flowing, parallel text is presented and becomes a both split at the same time shared portrait of these two friends’ lives. “At Least You Know You Exist” is an investigation of trans-identity and a try to blur out the traditional documentary approach, which often has exploitative methods of representation.


Title: “At Least You Know You Exist”


Year: 2011


Time: 16 min

Where Dreams Cross #16