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Rachel Reupke

Rachel Reupke (born 1971) is a London-based filmmaker with an interest in the rituals and complexities of interpersonal communication. Her work often draws upon influences from the advertising industry, using commercial motifs as a model with which to examine a particular social situation or relationship.

Among her most notable work are two films, Deportment (2011) and Wine & Spirits (2013), which combined vignettes from alcohol advertising with autobiography, to explore the gestures and miscommunications of a man and woman meeting for a drink. Recently, her work has focused on the craft and affect of complaint letters and their corresponding apologies.

Reupke’s solo exhibitions include Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany (2015); Cubitt Gallery, London (2015); Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle (2015) and Cell Project Space, London (2014). Her work has also recently been shown at Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China; Museum of Modern Art, Vienna, Austria; Wattis Institute, San Francisco, USA; and Tate Britain, London.

I feel exceptionally lucky to be receiving an Award for Artists. I am looking forward to using the time and space enabled by this award to focus on developing ambitious new work in a spirit of research and experimentation. I am also delighted to be able to continue to produce films without the constraints of finding production funding project by project. Thank you to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for their unique and generous support.

Examples of work

Lean In, 2015

Lean In, 2015

Exhibition at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany. Installation view featuring HD video projections from L–R: Letter of Complaint (2015), Wine & Spirits (2013) and Deportment (2011).

Letter of Complaint, 2015

Letter of Complaint, 2015

HD video with sound. 10 minutes duration (extract 2m 12s).
Commissioned by Cubitt in partnership with Tyneside Cinema. First exhibited at Cubitt, London.

Wine & Spirits, 2013

Wine & Spirits, 2013

HD video without sound. 20 minutes duration (extract 2m 9s).
Commissioned by FLAMIN Productions. First exhibited at Cell Project Space, London and premiered at Oberhausen Film Festival.

Deportment, 2011

Deportment, 2011

Still from HD video. 3 minutes 30 seconds duration. First screened at Whitechapel Gallery.