Julika Rudelius' work explores themes of emotional dependency, politics, abuse, sexuality and power. Her most recent film was made in China. Thinking about intimacy as currency, Rudelius shot young androgynous men in the streets posing seductively amidst traffic - mimicking the commercialized eroticism ingested from advertising and entertainment imagery. Juxtaposed to those images, she also shot in the homes of soap opera stars and wealthy collectors - the dwellings of people that propel the marketing machine, creating the images that the public imitates. Continually exploring the exchange of the intimate for capital, in her film shot in Washington DC, young interns of politicians exchange youth and obedience for the next step up the career ladder; in another young Moroccans look for acceptance in society and the fashion world. As her subjects reveal how they trade-in their intimate lives in front of the camera, the power structures Rudelius explores are not just subject matter - they are imbedded in her filming methodology. During production, Rudelius combines intimate therapy-like sessions with her subjects, realistically built sets designed to estrange, and audio systems which allow her to remote control actors. These themes have led to a conversation with collaborators about how images function and are distributed under capitalism and how this influences image-making and perhaps heightens the importance of narrative over images.
Julika Rudelius' work has been exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; ZKM, Karlsruhe; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and MOCA, North Miami among many others. Her most recent film "Rituals," was exhibited at Rudelius' recent solo show at Leo Koenig Inc., New York and had its European debut at the opening exhibition of the new Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and was also exhibited at Y & C Contemporary in Taipei, Taiwan. She currently lives and works in New York and Amsterdam.
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