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Rachel Reupke, Letter of Complaint, 2015, HD video, color and black-and-white, sound, 10 minutes.

Rachel Reupke

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Rachel Reupke, Letter of Complaint, 2015, HD video, color and black-and-white, sound, 10 minutes.

“Dear Sir or Madam: It has come to my attention that I am paid less than the man next to me on the assembly line,” states the narrator’s voice in Rachel Reupke’s latest video, Letter of Complaint, 2015, a ten-minute piece commissioned by Cubitt. The letter of complaint can be considered an art form in its own right; its subject matter can range from the deeply serious to the trivial. Expressing one’s exasperation, frustration, disappointment, or anger in this constricted format is a tricky task. Inspired by correspondence found in various UK archives, Reupke’s work considers this act of writing as a way of relating, one that has its own particular set of power dynamics.

In a montage of scenes, six letters are narrated by the same female voice. In three, the writers are shown at their desks; interspersed with these are three in which the letters are read aloud over shots of overcast

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