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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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By Rachel Garber Cole, shot by Jordan Levie. This is a minute and a half clip of the 9 minute video in which I ask a dinosaur 104 questions about extinction.


by (and shot by) Rachel Garber Cole Full video in video series, “The Boyfriend,” based on a 1950’s musical by Sandy Wilson, “The Boy Friend,” in which English girls in the 1920’s summer in the south of France and look for boyfriends. In my project, I appropriate the musical song by song – 13 songs in all – recontextualizing the music to explore deeply personal experiences. This is an ongoing project and is not yet finished.


by (and shot by) Rachel Garber Cole Full video in video series, “The Boyfriend,” based on a 1950’s musical by Sandy Wilson, “The Boy Friend,” in which English girls in the 1920’s summer in the south of France and look for boyfriends. In my project, I appropriate the musical song by song – 13 songs in all – recontextualizing the music to explore deeply personal experiences. This is an ongoing project and is not yet finished.


by (and shot by) Rachel Garber Cole Full video in video series, “The Boyfriend,” based on a 1950’s musical by Sandy Wilson, “The Boy Friend,” in which English girls in the 1920’s summer in the south of France and look for boyfriends. In my project, I appropriate the musical song by song – 13 songs in all – recontextualizing the music to explore deeply personal experiences. This is an ongoing project and is not yet finished.


by (and shot by) Rachel Garber Cole Full video in video series, “The Boyfriend,” based on a 1950’s musical by Sandy Wilson, “The Boy Friend,” in which English girls in the 1920’s summer in the south of France and look for boyfriends. In my project, I appropriate the musical song by song – 13 songs in all – recontextualizing the music to explore deeply personal experiences. This is an ongoing project and is not yet finished.


by (and shot by) Rachel Garber Cole Full video in video series, “The Boyfriend,” based on a 1950’s musical by Sandy Wilson, “The Boy Friend,” in which English girls in the 1920’s summer in the south of France and look for boyfriends. In my project, I appropriate the musical song by song – 13 songs in all – recontextualizing the music to explore deeply personal experiences. This is an ongoing project and is not yet finished.


by (and shot by) Rachel Garber Cole Full video in video series, “The Boyfriend,” based on a 1950’s musical by Sandy Wilson, “The Boy Friend,” in which English girls in the 1920’s summer in the south of France and look for boyfriends. In my project, I appropriate the musical song by song – 13 songs in all – recontextualizing the music to explore deeply personal experiences. This is an ongoing project and is not yet finished.


By Rachel Garber Cole Directed by Rachel Garber Cole and Johnson Henshaw Shot by Jordan Levie Edited by Jesse Ruuttila A short film in which I play all the characters, shot in front of rear screen projection. Elma is a young woman who finds herself both pregnant and dying.


By Rachel Garber Cole Shot by Kimberlee Venable In this video I play four characters (the vampire, the opera singer, the crying woman, and the monster) who play in front of built construction paper backgrounds. This video was made for a screening program that featured video works shaped for a vertical cell phone screen. Named after a Buzzfeed article about how squirrels were growing very fat because of the abundance of acorns during the unseasonably warm winter of 2015, I think of it as a video for mourning in the age of late stage capitalism.


by Rachel Garber Cole A short video using found footage about dislocation and grief.


By Rachel Garber Cole Shot by Kimberlee Venable A short film about a young woman who has trouble connecting with the outside world.


 








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