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Taureg saddle- Taureg tribe, also known romantically as “blue men of the Sahara” dominated trade across the Sahara for centuries. No one knows their origins though they have been attributed to Beudoin tribes. The Tuareg inhabit the Sahara regions of North Africa- Niger, Mali, Libya, Algeria and Burkina Faso. Tuareg is an Arabic term meaning abandoned by God. They call themselves Imohag, translated as free men. 

New Artist-in-Residency Program between Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London (UAL) and NYFA

Zachary Fabri (Fellow ‘12) has been selected as first artist in residence

For the first time Chelsea College of Arts, UAL is working in partnership with NYFA on a unique Artist-in-Residence program.

This new residency program will give New-York based artists a unique opportunity to work in central London at the prestigious Chelsea College of Arts, UAL working alongside staff and students. Chelsea College of Arts is one of six colleges in the University of the Arts London network. 

Zachary Fabri (Fellow in Interdisciplinary Work ‘12) has been selected as the first artist in residence. He will spend four weeks at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL from February 5, 2016 to March 5, 2016 during which he will deliver a lecture and a series of workshops for Chelsea Fine Art students as well as undertake his own research and practice.

Zachary was selected by Chelsea from a list of candidates provided by NYFA. The academic selection panelists were impressed with the interdisciplinary nature of Zachary’s work, which they felt chimed with the college’s interests and will resonate with the students currently studying Fine Art.

Chelsea has a worldwide reputation garnered from both the achievements of its distinguished alumni in the worlds of Fine Arts and design the dynamic course provision at the College. It maintains its arts school tradition of encouraging innovation and ‘different thinking’ through the academic, technical, and support staff, all of whom have vibrant and significant art and design careers and reputations.

Image: Zachary Fabri, I Walk Avenue Canda (video documentation), 2010.

Dissection of the human body formed the foundation of early scientific explorations and was core to the age of enlightenment. While dissection also existed in Eastern medical traditions, the greater emphasis on “pathways” of qi meant science took an entirely different direction, one focused on balancing the body rather than finding the “cause of malaise” so to speak. A possible reflection of Judeo-christian tradition of looking at the body as a source of evil itself.

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Athanasius Kircher, Mundus Subterranus, 1665.

First scientific attempt to explain the mysteries lying beneath the surface of the earth, from the fiery volcanoes to the burrowing insects. Among the finely engraved plates and maps are stunning depictions of the netherworld, maps of the various continents, illustrations of mining, volcanoes, and the first engraving of Atlantis.