Zachary Fabri

"The foundation of my art practice is a daily process of finding intimacy in all things large and small. My work is primarily conceptual, with the idea dictating the final product. Context  becomes a crucial factor—whether it is a specific neighborhood or the architecture of a building—the work is contingent upon this. Many themes arise from the neighborhood where I live, from which ideas are culled from everyday experiences and banal activities. Often, I use my body in photographs and video, as a politicized agent in the work, as a vehicle for communicating ideas for a larger conversation."

L to R: Zachary FabriMourning Stutter, 2020; Erwin RedlReflections v2, 2019

Mourning Stutter, 2020

Mourning Stutter is a multi-component project informed by the successive murders of African Americans by police officers nationwide. Consisting of performance, video, photography, original music score, and text, this project not only reclaims the freedom to access and hold public space without fear but also asserts the necessity to imagine, build, and experience the freedom of joy in a public sphere. The title of the project posits that the black community is in a state of perpetual mourning, specifically related to the ongoing violence of policing and white supremacy. Director, performer, sound composer: Zachary Fabri; Cinematographer: Rodrigo Valenzuela; Project Manager: Bella Hall; Digital video filmed in Philadelphia, PA; Commissioned by the Barnes Foundation for the exhibition Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie.


This interview has been edited, read the full interview here.


Interviews were conducted by Chenée Daley; a Jamaican-born, New York-based multi-genre writer, whose work encompasses poetry, prose, and song. Grounded in the tender narratives of personal histories where place and memory connect, her work has won the first place writing prize from the University of the West Indies, the Caribbean Small Axe writing prize, the Denis Diderot [A-I-R] fellowship from Chateau Orquevaux in Ardenne, France and was recently shortlisted for the Eddie Baugh poet laureate of Jamaica prize. Her work appears in The Wall Street Journal, The Jamaica Observer, Small Axe Journal, The Cordite Review, American Chordata, and BOMB magazine. She has an MFA in writing from Columbia University.

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