Chantal Zakari

  • Chantal Zakari

    Innovation Catalyst, embroidered 400 denier nylon burgee, edition of five, 15 x 21 inches, 2017.

    Innovation Catalyst
  • Chantal Zakari

    Shelter In Plates, in collaboration with Mike Mandel, six stoneware 10.5-inch plates fabricated from digitally printed decals and film fired collector's box, edition of 10, 2013.

    Shelter In Plates
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    Foto Gul, in collaboration with Mike Mandel, 40 framed and digitally printed images of vintage postcards and studio photographs, approximately 6 x 4 feet, 2009.

    Foto Gul
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    Suzy, ceramic mosaic tile mural with inset DVD animation, 12 x 13 feet, 2005.


Artist Statement

In my work I draw upon contemporary social issues by making connections with personal narratives, history, and popular culture. I am inspired by social phenomena and constantly try to position myself in relationship to a public or a sub-culture. In my studio practice I freely combine research methodologies and artistic strategies borrowed from various disciplines such as photography, documentary, performance, storytelling, installation, graphic design, and social interventions.

With my partner and husband Mike Mandel, I actively interract with the media as part of the work. Often the project culminates in an artist's publication. The book format allows me to develop an idea in much greater detail and create dialogues outside art establishments where it can reach a wider audience. Text and language is an inherent part of my work; interviews, personal narrative, found text, contextualizes the imagery.

Artist Bio

Chantal Zakari is an artist, designer and educator; a Turkish-Levantine now residing in the Boston area. With her husband and studio partner Mike Mandel she has self-published several artist's books under the imprint Eighteen Publications: The Turk & The Jew (1997), webAffairs (2005), Taxi Rides (2009), The State of Ata (2010), They Came to Baghdad (2012), and most recently Lockdown Archive (2015). Her work is represented in: Yale University Art of the Book Collection, Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Getty Research Institute Library, The Kinsey Institute Library, Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam and the Addison Gallery of American Art. Chantal has also had solo shows in Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Los Angeles as well as Izmir and Ankara, Turkey. She has been invited to speak nationally and internationally in Canada, the Netherlands, U.K. and Turkey. She is currently a professor of the Practice at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston at Tufts University.


Strategic Planning, January 3-28, 2018
Relay, January 4-29, 2017

Press + Media

Johnson, Jameson. "Chantal Zakari Raises a Warning Flag." Boston Art Review, January 28, 2018.
McQuaid, Cate. "Chantal Zakari turns pennants into red flag." The Boston Globe, Galleries, January 17, 2018.
Stragetic Planning as Metaphor in Academia, October 25, 2017.
"Brandy C. Topher interviews Chantal Zakari about her new work." Kingston Blog Thinking About Art Out Loud, June 20, 2017.