Jennifer Reeder

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Jennifer Reeder (VIS 2015)

Jennifer Reeder (born 1971, Ohio) is an American artist, filmmaker, and screenwriter. Her short film A Million Miles Away (2014) was nominated for a Tiger Award for Short Films at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and screened at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Short Narrative Films category.[1][2] In 2003, she had a solo screening at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden.[3] She received a Rockefeller Grant for New Media in 2002 and a Creative Capital grant in 2015 to support the production of her first experimental feature-length film, As With Knives and Skin.[4][5]

Reeder attracted notice early in her career for her performance and video work as "White Trash Girl," a fictional identity through which the artist explored lower-income white culture in the United States.[6] Interviewed by writer and Northwestern University professor Laura Kipnis for the anthology White Trash: Race and Class in America, Reeder said that white trash "describes a certain esthetic, but I think it's also a socioeconomic situation, and a way of perceiving the world around you and your own place in the world." [7] Her more recent films explore the lives of adolescent girls and their use of music, slang, and fashion to express their identities and aspects of their emotional world.[8][9]

Her films have screened at the Whitney Biennial; The New York Video Festival; Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna, Austria; the Gene Siskel Film Center; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center; the Wexner Center for the Arts; the Chicago Underground Film Festival; and the 48th International Venice Biennial.[10]

Reeder currently teaches in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois, Chicago and holds the position of Associate Professor Moving Image.[11] She is the founder of the social justice group Tracers Book Club, which focuses on feminist issues.[12] Reeder received an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996 and is represented by the Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.[13]


  • White Trash Girl, 1995
  • The Heart and Other Small Shapes, 2006
  • Claim, 2007 (video short)
  • Accidents at Home and How They Happen, 2008
  • Seven Songs About Thunder, 2010
  • Tears Cannot Restore Her; Therefore I Weep, 2010
  • And I Will Rise If Only to Hold You Down, 2011
  • Girls Love Horses, 2013
  • A Million Miles Away, 2014
  • Crystal Lake, 2015
  • Blood Below the Skin, 2015
  • Signature Move, 2017
  • All Small Bodies, 2017
  • Knives and Skin, 2019

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  1. ^ "International Film Festival Rotterdam: Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films 2014". International Film Festival Rotterdam. IFFR. Retrieved 9 August 2015.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Rejano, Christopher (15 December 2014). "2015 Sundance Film Festival: Short films slate". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Kronologi 2000-2009". Moderna Museet. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Announcing the 2015 Creative Capital Artists: $4,370,000 Awarded to 46 Moving Image and Visual Arts Projects (January 7, 2015)". Creative Capital. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Creative Capital: Artist Projects". Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  6. ^ Talbot, Margaret (November 30, 1997). "Getting Credit for Being White". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  7. ^ Wray, Matt; Newitz, Annalee, eds. (1997). White Trash: Race and Class in America. New York: Routledge. pp. 113–30.
  8. ^ Wisby, Gary (September 9, 2014). "Feature-length dreams and artful, award-winning films". University of Illinois at Chicago News Center. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Blood Below the Skin: Films by Jennifer Reeder". Wisconsin Film Festival. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Jennifer Reeder at the Gene Siskel Film Center (September 29, 2014)". School of the Art Institute of Chicago Alumni News. SAIC. Retrieved 9 August 2015.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Jennifer K Reeder". University of Illinois at Chicago. University of Illinois at Chicago. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  12. ^ "MCA Talk: Tracers Book Club". Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Chicago MCA. Archived from the original on 8 September 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Jennifer Reeder". Andrew Rafacz Gallery. Andrew Rafacz Gallery. Retrieved 9 March 2015.

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