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MIKE MANDEL
CHANTAL ZAKARI
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ABOUT
THE PAST
2020
INTRODUCTION
 

About The Past, is a two channel video installation that recreates vignettes of past lives lived on the Arsenal grounds.

 

I worked with Em Papineau and Sofia Engelman to choreograph dance movements referencing the workers and military officers of a past era. Their ghostly figures in motion activate the architectural sites, a bunker, an office space, the former site for the nuclear reactor, a brutalist parking garage from the 70s and a Civil War era cannon.

 

A second video channel documents the current constructions. As the new buildings dwarf the old brick structures, the construction workers move along the space. Interspersed there are two performances by Ruth Harcovitz dressed in her vintage Women's Army Corps uniform. She sings "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" and "The Boogie Woogie Buggle Boy of Company D" both World War 2 songs popular when the Watertown Federal Arsenal was at the hight of its production. 

 

Credits:


 

This exhibition and artist’s publication was generously supported by a Daynard Grant from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, a Faculty Research Grant and a Tisch Faculty Fellowship from Tufts University.

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EXHIBITIONS

2020

Kingston Gallery, A Work in Progress, Boston, MA

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KINGSTON GALLERY

BOSTON, MA   |   NOVEMBER 2020

 
REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS

BOSTON HASSLE

The Watertown Arsenal and Its Ghosts

by Gabby Onessimo, November 29, 2020 

KINGSTON CONVERSATIONS

Chantal Zakari in Conversation with Margaret Hart

November 18, 2020 

WATERTOWN NEWS

Artist's Exhibit Captures the Transformation of the Watertown Arsenal with Historica, Modern Images

by Charlie Bretrose, November 13, 2020

 

KINGSTON GALLERY BLOG

All in the Timing: Chantal Zakari's "A Work in Progress" at Kingston Gallery

by Emma Newberry, November 5, 2020