Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2011-12

(Brooklyn, NY)Zachary Fabri

Zachary Fabri was born in Miami, Florida in 1977. In 2000, he received a Bachelor of Fine Art in graphic design in Miami at the New World School of the Arts then moved to New York City to receive his Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College in 2007. Focusing on video and performance, his work seeks to create a space for discourse around social and political systems of oppression. In addition to video, he also incorporates various media, including photography, sculpture, drawing and installation. Often his work responds to a specific environment or context, exploring the idiosyncrasies of daily life. Zachary's work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at Sequences Real-time Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland; Nordic Biennale: Momentum, Moss, Norway; Gallery Open, Berlin; and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, New York. Recently he has completed a residency in Belo Horizonté, Brazil and a solo exhibition in Berlin, Germany. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Buy Black People

Continuing with his project Buy Black People, Zachary Fabri intends to complete the performance component, which will take pace in Harlem. This will be a series of intimate interventions and disruptions in public space. An example is Target: Target, in which Fabri will be disguised as a Target employee, giving out cheaper prices for other local Harlem stores. Free Food is another action where Fabri will partner with a local health food store, resulting in free food and informational booklets on high blood pressure and diabetes - two major health issues in the African American community. In All Together Now Fabri will walk from east to west on 125th street, asking Harlem residents to help him write and sing lyrics to a new song created en route. Ultimately the performances seek to create a dialogue with the residents of Harlem with themes such as: local community, gentrification, independent business, home ownership, corporate invasion and health.