Distance is where the heart is, home is where you hang your heart (2011) is an intimate collaboration between two near-strangers: Zackary Drucker, the LA-based photographer, video, and performance artist, and Amos Mac, the creator and publisher of Original Plumbing. Executed over a long, snowed-in Christmas weekend at Drucker’s childhood home in Syracuse, NY, the images combine elements of personal history, performance documentation, and exhibitionism. The resulting intervention is also an experiment in cross-identity representation; a dialogue between Mac, a trans man, and Drucker, a trans woman.
Keeping normative culture on the periphery, Distance is where the heart is, home is where you hang your heart explores the relationship between spectacle and voyeur as uniquely removed from the trappings of representational asymmetry. Veering between classically sleek fashion editorials to sexed-up fetishism, site-specific body works, and body-as-target performances, the photo essay imagines a stratagem where difference is grated into a fine dust settling over the ruins of normativity. Devoid of traditional male-female power dynamics, Mac and Drucker’s mutual bond and kinship as trans people results in a visual free-for-all that plays with sexuality, female subjection, power, wealth, vulnerability, victimization, family, comfort, safety, secrets—a perfect balance of voyeur and aesthete.