Gender is Fluid
“They might be subscribing to an idea of masculinity or femininity, but it’s a subscription that they can cancel.”
The cutting-edge American artist Ryan Trecartin is considered one of the leading voices in avant-garde film. In this short video, he argues that gender is a fluid construct where you don’t need to be consistent and that his characters are indifferent to it: “They might be subscribing to an idea of masculinity or femininity, but it’s a subscription that they can cancel.” Read more …
Trecartin’s approach to gender reflects his position on language, both being magical inventions “that then creates reality and agreements.” He describes his movies as adjacent sci-fi: “The future and the past are both exploratory inventive spaces where there is no grand narrative, and there is no ‘other’.”
Ryan Trecartin (b. 1981) is an American Texas-born artist. Trecartin has had solo shows at several institutions, including Hammer Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, The Power Plant in Toronto, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in Paris, MoMA PS1 in New York and Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo. He has also participated in prestigious exhibitions such as the Berlin Biennale 2016, the Venice Biennale 2013 and the Whitney Biennial 2005 where he was the youngest artist to be included at the age of 25. Among several prizes, he is the recipient of the Jack Wolgin International Competition in the Fine Arts, the world’s largest juried individual fine art prize and a Heritage Pew Fellowship in the Arts. His creative partner and long-term collaborator is artist Lizzie Fitch, whom he has been working with since 2001. Trecartin currently lives and works in Ohio.
Ryan Trecartin was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg at Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo, Norway in February 2018 in connection with the exhibition Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin.
Camera: Rasmus Quistgaard
Produced and edited by: Kasper Bech Dyg
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2018
Supported by Nordea-fonden