DEFUNCT
COLLEGES
 
 
CHANTAL ZAKARI
2019
INTRODUCTION

artist's publication/photo-book

8.5x6" 

16 postcards

etched wood cover, spiral bound

risograph printing on acid free linen paper

first printing edition of 7 
signed and numbered 
$450

publication date: February 2019
Eighteen Publication 
distributed by the artist

Defunct Colleges is a series of 16 photographic postcards with an accompanying story on the back of each card. The collection is displayed on a postcard rack and also bound into an artist’s book. The schools pictured and their stories range greatly: Everest University, a for profit school which closed while students were left in debt, Morristown College, which offered higher education for former slaves, and the campus of Virginia Intermont which has been purchased by a Chinese university. Among the 16 cards, a few also are from the Boston area: Wheelock, Newbury, Mount Ida... This work is an exploration of campus architecture as a signifier of American intellectual power and the recent transformation that are going on in the industry.

 

The cards were printed on a Risograph press, a hybrid between a xerox copier and screen printing. The process includes experimentation with customized halftone patterns and CMYK color separations, a mixture of high-tech and hands-on manipulations where each card has its own color variation and stands out as a unique object. Through its distorted colors and heavy halftone, the postcards transform into nostalgic artifacts hailing from the future. 

 
SAMPLE PAGES
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Defunct-03SacredHeart
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EXHIBITIONS

2019

Kingston Gallery, Cogent Message: Chantal Zakari, Boston, MA

KINGSTON GALLERY

boston, MA   |   COGENT MESSAGE, 2019

 
REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS

CORNELL UNIVERSITY 

Images Objects Archives: The Multiple Lives of Photographs 

organized by Andy Grundberg and Kate Addleman-Frankel, curator of Photography at Cornell

March 22, 2019 

IMPROPER BOSTONIAN
Spring Must See: Get Schooled

by Sarah Hagman, March, 2019

TUFTS DAILY
Chantal Zakari's "Cogent Message" Deconstructs Institutional Failings

by Ruining Tang, March 14, 2019