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Strategic Planning: Chantal Zakari

January 3 @ 12:00 pm - January 28 @ 5:00 pm


Strategic Planning: Chantal Zakari

January 3-28, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, January 5, 2018, 5:00-8:00 pm

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In her new work Chantal Zakari creates a collection of flags that reference business nomenclature which is widely being used by academic administrations. The business term "Strategic Plan" originated in the military but is now a staple of every university, liberal arts college, and even small art schools. It functions as a promise for positive change along with improvements for the institution's immediate future.

The designs of these pennants, sailing burgees and medieval gonfalons are a study of vexillography layered with visual elements from various historical periods. Collected on internet clipart sites, the vernacular imagery points to a hollow vocabulary: SWOT for strength, weaknesses, opportunities, threats; Competitive Landscape; Synergy; Global Imperative; Innovation Catalyst; Leadership Workshop… The accompanying artist's book for the exhibition is designed in the style of a product catalog. Here, the banners are seen within context, in college specific spaces such as faculty offices, dorm rooms, libraries and art studios.

At a time when an increasing number of small colleges are under financial stress due to a shrinking student population caused by enormous increases in tuition, these art objects stand as reminders of the true ideals of higher education that are at risk.

Image: The Competitive Landscape, four color screen print on felt, 18 x 40 inches, 2017.


Kingston Gallery


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