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Defunct Colleges, 2019

Defunct Colleges, 2019

Chantal Zakari

risograph prints on linen acid free paper

metal coil bound

limited edition of 8


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. 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. 


To read more about this project visit the Defunct Colleges page.

Let us know if you want the book to be signed.

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