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Chantal Zakari: Narratives of Conflict (in collaboration with Mike Mandel)
February 3 - April 8
FEATURED ARTIST PROJECT
February 3 – April 8, 2017
Organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director & Curator, The Center for Book Arts
From the divergent personal stories behind the Coalition of the Willing in Iraq, to threat of a community in lock-down in a Boston suburb, these books tell the story behind the fights that interweave the personal and political. This featured Artist Project will highlight 5 books with associated installation that investigating political conflicts within community perspectives, including They Came To Baghdad (2013) begins with colonial symbols embedded in Agatha Christie’s book covers, and ends with a breakdown of economic benefactors in the of the reconstruction effort after the Iraq War and Lockdown Archive (2015) is a collection of web images uploaded both by media and local citizens during the search for the Boston Marathon terrorist and in the process describes the overly militarized response and a portrait of a small town living under siege. Zakari with Mandel combine research methods and strategies borrowed from various disciplines such as photography, documentary, performance, storytelling, installation, graphic design, and social interventions. Text and language is an inherent part of our work: interviews, personal narrative, found text. The book format allows us to develop and idea in much greater detail and create dialogues outside the gallery wall where it can reach a variety of audiences.