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Rachel Garber Cole
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill



ARTIST STATEMENT: I am a filmmaker and performance artist, and primarily make experimental videos rooted in language and the performative body. I externalize the intimate, interior experiences of shame and anxiety, articulating these feelings so as to release them from the repressed psyche. Humor and absurdity are common tools I employ to make people feel comfortable confronting uncomfortable realities. Hopefully by airing out my own shameful anxieties, I make legible for others their own ‘intimate interiors.’ Within this context, my films are explicitly feminist in perspective and explore issues such as gender, bodies, climate change, consumerism and language. I often center the performance around my own body, using it as a vehicle to reflect society’s projected fantasies and desires, and to celebrate the imaginative and grotesque. My background is in theater, and in my videos I often nod to a vaudevillian tradition. I like to play with the expansive language of theatre inside the limitations of the digital video screen, creating theatrical, surreal and claustrophobically self-contained worlds. I employ a ‘homemade’ aesthetic; papier mache, construction paper and cardboard build out the visual landscape. Rather than use the magic of filmmaking to make ‘accurate’ representations, I prefer to exploit the potential of the lens to make the minutiae visible and the digital tactile.
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