Zachary Fabri: From the Wolf to the Fox
October 15, 2016–January 15, 2017
Reception: Saturday, April 2, 2016, 2–5pm
Newark, New Jersey—Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art announces Zachary Fabri: From the Wolf to the Fox, a solo exhibition of recent and new work highlighting an array of the artist’s mediums and processes. The exhibition’s title, From the Wolf to the Fox, is borrowed directly from the seminal Malcolm X speech, The Ballot or the Bullet (April 12, 1964, Detroit, Michigan), and refers to the futility of solely relying on the United States judicial system to address problems relating to racial and economic inequality. In this historic speech Malcolm X stated, "When you take your case to Washington, D.C., you're taking it to the criminal who's responsible; it's like running from the wolf to the fox. They're all in cahoots together." With these words Malcolm X vividly laid out the conundrum of being a Black citizen in America, and elevated the struggle of Black people from one of domestic civil rights to international human rights. Featured in the exhibition is Aureola, a set of nine photographs that examine representations of fictional Black United States presidents in film and television—questioning their inclusion in white narratives (sincere or ironic) and foregrounding powerful images of Black men. Also on view is lore ipsum, a series of large vinyl text works that conflate the branding aesthetic of the clothing company American Apparel with Black Nationalist statements predating 1920, when Marcus Garvey popularized Pan-Africanism in the United States and abroad. The typographical series appropriates the look of American Apparel's marketing and design to brand the history of Black Nationalism in a contemporary context. Fabri states that his work is intended to create discourse around themes of race, class, and popular culture by exploring and deconstructing these contested subjects. Ideas usually dictate his media and what form the work will take and he adapts common systems and tropes to provide a conceptual foundation for framing the work. His environment and the context in which the work is made—whether a specific country or physical space—is a significant influence. Ideas and themes culled from everyday experiences in his neighborhood sometimes result in semi-autobiographical works but seek always to contribute to the broader conversation. New works include Untitled (Magnetic Tape Audio Recording Archive) consisting of an archive of magnetic audio tape recordings displayed on the wall and a tableau vivant—vacant of bodies—with two empty chairs and a reel-to-reel audio recorder, referencing a past or future activity. This project focuses on conversations the artist recorded with family and friends, aiming to give importance to simple moments of talking and placing importance in the ordinary aspects of simply being alive. The work is born out of the simultaneous death of the artist’s father and the multitude of Black men and women murdered by police officers. From the Wolf to the Fox is organized by Aljira's Executive Director, Dexter Wimberly Photo at top:
Zachary Fabri Red Handed, 2010 (detail) Digital c print Photo credit: Gabriella Araujo
About Zachary Fabri: Zachary Fabri was born in Miami, Florida in 1977. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College in 2007 in Combined Media. His multidisciplinary practice mines the intersection of personal and political spaces, often responding to a specific environment or context. His work moves through photography, video, performance, and sculpture. Zachary’s work has been exhibited at Sequences Real-time Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland; Nordic Biennale: Momentum, Moss, Norway; Gallery Open, Berlin; The Jersey City Museum; El Museo del Barrio, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Awards include Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art and the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work. Recent exhibitions include Zachary Fabri: X Black Y at the New Media Artspace at Baruch College, Forget me not, as my tether is clipped at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Performa 13, Art in General and Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond at the Brooklyn Museum. About the Mission of Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art Founded by artists in 1983, Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art fosters excellence in the visual arts through exhibitions and educational programs that serve as catalysts for inclusiveness and diversity, promote cross-cultural dialog, and enable us to better understand the time in which we live. Public understanding and support of the visual arts are strengthened through collaboration and community-based educational programming. Aljira seeks out the work of emerging and underrepresented artists and brings the work of more established artists to our community. Through the visual arts Aljira bridges racial, cultural and ethnic divides and enriches the lives of individuals. Aljira’s operations and programs are made possible, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey Cultural Trust, The Kenneth Aidekman Family Foundation, Bank of America, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Edison Properties Newark Foundation, The Fidelco Group, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, James Douglas Family Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, MCJ Amelior Foundation, Merrill Lynch, Newark Downtown District, Newark Museum, The New York Community Trust, Pharmachem Laboratories, Inc, PNC Bank, Prudential Financial, The Prudential Foundation, PSE&G Foundation, Newark Celebration 350, Rutgers University-Newark, The Schumann Fund, Spire Group, The Turrell Fund, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and many generous individual contributors.
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