Mariah GARNETT, Van BARNES, Zackary DRUCKER, A.L. STEINER
You Will Never, Ever Be A Woman...
Experimental fiction | dv | color | 8'45'' | USA | 2008
© AL Steiner

"You Will Never…" a video performance, features a conversation between two trans-identified people. Including vernacular "reads," candid dialogue, and improvised conversation, the piece addresses the characters’ inter-personal relationship, and their cultural and political positions as “women.” While performative, the 8 minute video presents an authentic arc of feelings experienced in a romantic relationship; the characters vacillate between love, affection, desire, identification, protectiveness, defensiveness, disdain, contempt, and finally, understanding. Punctuated with hostile antagonism, the piece utilizes a communication technique called “reading;” a back-and-forth series of insults hurled from one queen to another. When a queen “reads” a bitch she is demonstrating her wit, her ability to think quickly, and ultimately, her power. Often misperceived by an illegible audience as a genuine attack, “reading” is a playful sub-cultural exercise of resistance. It is the ability to say and hear the most painful things a person could say, to prepare one for a larger, more dangerous, culture of intolerance.

Zackary Drucker is a 25 year-old Los Angeles-based artist, infusing elements of installation, performance, photography, and video. He holds a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts.Mariah Garnett, 28, is a Los Angeles based filmmaker, with work ranging from music videos to experimental films. Her work often employs the absurd or the grotesque substituting genre-play for gender-play. A.L. Steiner uses constructions of photography, video, installation, collaboration, performance and curatorial work as seductive tropes channeled through the sensibility of a cynical queer eco-feminist androgyne. She is an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

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