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ZABO CHABILAND
@ Juan C. Roa

  

 

Zabo Chabiland (born in 1968) is a French visual artist working across a number of mediums - Installation, photography, video and sound performance. 

She lived and worked in New York (1986-2003), Paris (2003-2005), Berlin (2005-2021) and she established her new base in the Loire Valley in 2021. She studied photography at the International Center of Photography in New York in the full time general studies program directed by the photographer Robert Blake and the visual artist Sam Samore (class of 1988).
 

As the daughter of an inventor, Zabo learned early on to build bridges between different mediums. She began by confronting photography with painting, then with silk-screening and then with radiography. From 1988 to 1992, she produced a series of 22 black-on-black portraits, printed on linen, soliciting the progressive reading and the scotopic vision of the viewer. The series has been presented in various venues including the Photographer's Gallery in London and at the Galerie Albert Benamou in Paris. Her experiments on the fusion between photography and silk-screening lead her in 1997 to radiography. The first installation "corps en suspens" was presented by Esther Woerdehoff at Paris Photo in 1997.

These long periods of experimentation led her to practice in parallel, in a more spontaneous way, music, video and performance. In 1998, she formed with the artist Kevin Morrison, Wasteband, fusing experimental music, video, performance, manifesto and collaborations.

In 2005 Zabo moved to Berlin and developed sound performances following different protocols. The sound piece "Elbow in C” ongoing since 2008 was presented in many festivals including Mad festival (La Maison rouge) in Paris or at the Fluxus Blago Bung festival (Emily Harvey Foundation) in New York. For the piece "Piano Stripes for 36 hands”, Zabo created an ensemble of 18 performers, this piece was presented in Berlin and at the Beaux Arts de Paris during the 68th edition of Jeune création. Her first vinyl "Watewah-Sleeping Odyssey" was released in 2020 on the label "Grautag records" 

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