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MIKE MANDEL
CHANTAL ZAKARI
2018
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DROP
DEAD
GORGEOUS
2020

artist's book/photo-book

7 x 7"
100 pages plus cover

indigo press

August 2020, first edition of 100 
signed and numbered $50

Eighteen Publication 
this edition is sold out, a few copies are left for library purchase only

INTRODUCTION

about the second edition:

Drop Dead Gorgeous is a visual book comprised of scientific and editorial illustrations of the Covid-19 virus sourced online during April, May and June, 2020. This second edition which came out in January 2021, includes images of the vaccine promising hope for the end of the pandemic.

In the style of colorist painting, the book sequence reveals the tension between the seductive aesthetics of the picture and its deadly pandemic effect. While scientific images transform into editorial illustrations, the book gains momentum building a narrative toward a sci-fi ending. The second edition includes images of social inequities brought out by the pandemic and the discovery of vaccines.

Like photographs made of the Kennedy assassination, the Challenger disaster, and the terror of 9/11, the iconic imagery of Covid-19 collected in Drop Dead Gorgeous is informed by a world wide visual lexicon specific to this moment. 

Generously supported by a faculty research fund from Tufts University.

February 2021, second edition of 100 
signed and numbered 
$35 special price during NYVABF

book launch at the NY Art Book Fair!

$40 starting in March
Eighteen Publication 

 
SAMPLE PAGES

( click on a page to see it larger )

 
REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS

 

RE:PHOTOGRAPHICA

2Q-03: Chantal Zakari

by George Slade, October, 2020

"FINE" ART PODCAST

conversation with Chantal Zakari

with host Keegan Shiner, September 22, 2020

BOSTON GLOBE

When Art Goes Viral

by Cate McQuaid, July 23, 2020 

TUFTS NOW

How Does Art Change Our Perceptions of Covid-19

by Taylor McNeil, August 12, 2020