Viewing Record 4 of 23 Disruptive Perspectives acquisitions

Relationship #31, from the "Relationship" series (2008-2013)

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  • Artist:
    Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst
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  • Medium:
    Chromogenic development print
  • Dimensions:
    overall: 20 in x 13 5/16 in
  • Credit Line:
    Museum purchase


About the Photographer

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst

American, b. 1983 and 1982, respectively

The series "Relationship" can be approached in several ways. First, it is a documentation of the romantic relationship between artists Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, which lasted from 2008 to 2014. The pair’s photographs were not originally intended for exhibition or publication; they are snapshots of their daily routine and mementos of their life as a couple. "Relationship" also documents the numerous physical changes that occurred as the couple simultaneously realigned from one gender to another. Drucker is today a trans woman and Ernst a trans man. In their photographs, the artists capture the successive stages of their respective processes of gender realignment. Relationship therefore assumes a third level of meaning, since it also refers to the relationship of an individual with their body.

This series was included in the Whitney Biennial 2014. The artists are also Emmy-nominated Producers on Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Transparent.