Chantal Zakari: The Bookshop is open.

December 1, 2021-January 16, 2022
Opening Reception: Friday, December 3, 2021, 5:00-8:00 pm
Closing Reception: Friday, January 7, 2022, 5:00-8:00 pm
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  • Mike Mandel & Chantal Zakari

    The Turk and the Jew, 4-color indigo press, spiral bound, 5.25 x 5.25 inches, 30 pages including 6 translucent pages, 1998.

    The Turk and the Jew
  • Chantal Zakari

    webAffairs, offset lithography, hardcover, 9.75 x 13.25 inches, 144 pages, 2005.

  • Mike Mandel & Chantal Zakari

    The State of Ata, (in English with a Turkish translation), offset lithography, hardcover, 8.25 x 11 inches, 272 pages including a 16 page insert "Taxi Rides," 2010.

    The State of Ata
  • Mike Mandel & Chantal Zakari

    They Came To Baghdad, print on demand, hardcover, 6 x 9 inches, 100 pages, 2012.

    They Came To Baghdad
  • Mike Mandel & Chantal Zakari

    Lockdown Archive, on demand, hardcover, 8.25 x 10.25 inches, 80 pages, limited edition of 250, 2015.

    Lockdown Archive
  • Mike Mandel & Chantal Zakari

    Campaign, magazine, print on demand, 8.5 x 11 inches, 76 pages, limited edition of 200, 2011-2018.

  • Chantal Zakari

    Arsenal News, Tabloid, digital newsprint, 16 pages, limited edition of 250, 2020.

    Arsenal News
  • Chantal Zakari

    Drop Dead Gorgeous, First edition, indigo press, linen cover, 7 x 7 inches, 100 pages, limited edition of 100, 2020.

    Drop Dead Gorgeous
  • Chantal Zakari

    Defunct Colleges, etched wood cover, spiral bound, risography on acid free linen paper, 8.5 x 6 inches, edition of 7, 2019.


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Artist Statement

It's cheap.
Easy to collect and store.
A public statement, experienced in the privacy of your home.

Self-published, it can reach the hands of a person who might not even suspect they are holding an art object in their hands. Accessible, I hope, but demands your time. It's not a quick read.

Ironically as more bookshops are closing, and more people are reading on the screen, the art book is having a revival. Publishing seems to give artists an autonomous space within the art industry and a possible replacement to the white cube gallery space.

For me, it has always been about the appeal of combining text and image on a page, re-inventing the structure of reading and seeing images in order to create new meanings. I have been conceptualizing, designing and printing books, magazines, newspapers, postcards and printed ephemera for twenty five years.

Each one of my books is different, I don't follow the traditional arc of the artist who is devoted to one idea. My work starts with a real experience but also includes research. The process of making the books has taken me to a variety of places, from internet sex rooms, to scientific illustrations, from academic pomp and circumstance, to making bombs.

Our espresso machine is broken today, but come, sit down, read a book or mail a postcard.
The Bookshop is open.

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