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Performance: Zachary Fabri, Cinema of Volant Petals

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Zachary Fabri at Wave Hill, February 2023. Courtesy of the artist and Wave Hill. 

Cinema of Volant Petals is a new movement- and sound-based performance by Zachary Fabri commissioned by Wave Hill as part of the exhibition This Place We Once Remembered. A collaboration with a pianist, cameraman and cinematographer, the performance weaves together historical record, fiction and personal memory using flowers as a libretto. Responding to the architecture of Armor Hall, the work is at once a live performance and deconstructed film set. Flowers serve as narrative and symbolic devices that speak to our entangled relationship to the human and natural worlds and to the liberatory possibilities of flight. 

Zachary Fabri is an interdisciplinary artist engaged in lens-based media, language systems and public space. He works across video, photography and installation, often complicating the boundaries of studio research and performance. Context, be it the curatorial premise of a program or the location in which it is sited, plays a crucial role in shaping Fabri’s work and determining the materials used. Interested in the ways in which memory is stored in the body, the artist’s primary medium of expression is body movement, with a focus on how life experience choreographs the way we move through space.  

Fabri is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and the BRIC Colene Brown Art Prize. He has had solo exhibitions at Recess and CUE Art Foundation in New York, NY; and at The Korn Gallery at Drew University, Madison, NJ. His work has also been exhibited at Art in General, The Studio Museum in Harlem, El Museo del Barrio, The Brooklyn Museum and Performa, all in New York City; as well as at The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA; and the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Hungary. Fabri participated in the Winter Workspace residency at Wave Hill in 2013. He earned an MFA from Hunter College and a BFA from New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL/University of Florida, Gainesville. He also studied photography and video at Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany. 

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