LOCKDOWN
ARCHIVE
 
 
MIKE MANDEL
CHANTAL ZAKARI
2015

hard cover photo-book
8.25x10.25"
80 pages

digital printing

publication date: June 1, 2015

Eighteen Publication 

limited edition of 250 
signed and numbered 
$75 

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INTRODUCTION

The book, Lockdown Archive is a collection of images all found on the web and reorganized, in order to provide an encyclopedic overview of the Watertown manhunt of April 19, 2013.

 

One of the first images we found was on Reddit; a group of military men walking down our own street with our house visible in the background. The picture was taken minutes after a SWAT team had searched our backyard looking under our deck with their assault rifles at the ready. Seeing our own house in this picture was more shocking to Mike than it was to Chantal, because he had never lived through an experience of a military occupation. To him the image looked like something from an historical newsreel of Soviet troops occupying Budapest in 1956. But for Chantal who grew up during the 1980 coup in Turkey, it felt strangely familiar.

 

We collected more than three hundred photographs that were posted on social media to create an archive of all the images that residents of Watertown, as well as the media have uploaded to the web. The internet became the source of our a data base for the next two years. But as a data base the internet is unreliable since information constantly is added and deleted. Thus, Lockdown Archive, in a book format brings stability to the collection of images and becomes a historical record of one of the most significant city-wide lockdowns in American history.

 

During the Boston Marathon bombing and following the Watertown lockdown, cameras surveilling public space proved valuable in two different ways. On the day of the bombing the Lord & Taylor store surveillance cameras captured imagery of the perpetrators, so that within just a few days authorities had the information crucial in establishing their identities. But in Watertown, opposite of typical surveillance conducted by corporate and government agencies, it was the local residents photographing with their phone cameras the activities that were happening outside their windows and in their own homes. Thus, Lockdown Archive is a reverse surveillance, created by everyone who was trapped at home with nothing to do, except document the SWAT teams and tanks combing their backyards and streets. In one photograph a man atop a tank points an assault rifle up at a resident photographer pointing his camera from his second story window. These pictures are evidence of a collective anxiety experienced by town residents during a military occupation.

 

Unlike traditional archives, Lockdown Archive is organized by a personal, emotional and psychological interpretation of categories: night search, wrong man, FBI team, vehicles, search team green, through the window, house search and bullet holes. Even though this collection of images is encyclopedic, the book doesn’t present or pretend to know all the facts. There are still conflicting reports of the facts of the narrative. The book is a photo sequence with no text. The viewer is asked to create their own story based on the pictures. The last section of the book illustrates a celebration that suggests that the operation was a success, when in fact the reality is more complicated than that. 

 
SAMPLE PAGES
 
EXHIBITIONS

2018

Institute of Contemporary Art, Art in the Age of the Internet, Boston, MA
Fitchburg Art Museum, Selections from the Permanent Collection, Fitchburg, MA

2017

Fotodoks 2017 ME : WE - Lothringer13 Halle & Rroom, Munich, Germany
Yale University Library, Collections in Conversations: Photobooks and the Arts, New Haven CT

Center for Book Arts NY, Chantal Zakari: Narratives of Conflict, New York, NY
Arte Laguna 2017, Venice Arsenale, Venice, Italy

2016
DC Book Art Fair, at Three Fifty Collaborative table
International Center of Photography NYPublic, Private, Secret - Opening Show for the new building

at the Bowery, curated by Charlotte Cotton, New York, NY
Baxter Street Zine and Self-Published Photo Book Fair, curated by Anouk Kruithof

Krakow Photomonth 2016, Krakow, Poland - curated by Lars Willumeit and Iris Sikking 

2015

Library of the Printed Web 3 - publication and traveling show: Google FORM Design Conference, Merz Akademie, NY Art Book Fair, Offprint London, Theorizing the Web, Interrupt 3

INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART

boston, MA   |   ART IN THE AGE OF THE INTERNET

 
REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS

 

AMERICAN PHOTO MAGAZINE 

6 Truths About Photography We Were Reminded Of At FotoFocus Biennial 2016 In Cincinnati by Lindsay Comstock, October 18, 2016 

 

NEWSWEEK 

Public, Private, Secret: This Exhibit Will Make You Think Twice About Your Webcam 

by Stav Ziv, June 28, 2016

LE MONDE 

A Cracovie, la photo se joue de la crise by Claire Guillot, June 5, 2016

CO LAB: COLLABORATIVE DESIGN SURVEY
by Herman, Shelley, Lupton, Phillips - BIS Publishers, 2015 Mandel + Zakari 

PHOTO-EYE 

Lockdown Archive Book Review by Sarah Bay Gachot, 2015

A PHOTO EDITOR 

This Week In Photography Books by Jonathan Blaustein, September 11, 2015