Zachary Fabri Residency in Brazil
In the summer of 2010, Zachari Fabri was selected for a two-month residency at the Jardim Canadá Art and Technology Center in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The residency was organized by Residency Unlimited within the framework of Harlem Biennale’s artists residencies program which offers local artists an opportunity to gain insight and inspiration by working outside of New York, and national and international artists an opportunity to engage in Harlem.
The video “Mim andar Avenida Canadá” was created while in residency in Belo Horizonte.
In a statement submitted with “Mim Andar” Zachary writes:
“As a starting point in my work, I often appropriate recognizable systems and tropes, which are then reshaped and problematized, providing a conceptual foundation for framing the work. An example is performance and its cultural histories, which are examined and employed as strategic devices. I use my politicized physical body, in live performance and video, as a major component in the work, where race becomes an obvious factor. An example is the complex relationship between black contemporary performance and historical racist minstrel shows. Context becomes a crucial factor—whether it is a specific country, or a local community—the work is contingent upon this environment. Similarly, many images and actions are dislocated and recontextualized for greater critical impact. Works occasionally result in semi-autobiographical themes, which offer better understanding of myself, but also seek to create a broader discourse. My photos allow me to document things which I cannot explain or interpret.”
His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in such venues as Sequences Real-time Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland; Nordic Biennale: Momentum, Moss, Norway; NabLab, Chicago; and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, New York. He has performed at Real Art Ways, Hartford; Jersey City Museum; English Kills Gallery, Brooklyn; and Winkleman Gallery, New York. Recent residencies include the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council WorkSpace residency; the Jardim Canadá Art and Technology Center residency in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; and the HomeBase V Project in Berlin, Germany.