“We want to show the kids that it’s pretty simple to do a drypoint engraving, just scratch on a plate, put some ink on it, run it through a press and all of a sudden you’ve got a print,” Carney continues. “It’s great that artists here are doing the same process that the kids will do there.”
Some 50 New York artists so far have used the same press that will be sent to Zambia to make their own prints, which will be shown with the works of Chipakata students in a pair of exhibitions in 2018 in Zambia and New York. Sales from those exhibitions will continue to fund the collaboration between the two schools.
“We’ve got this really fun narrative where the press is this character who’s basically met all these artists in New York, and worked with them, and then goes and works with all the students and teachers at Chipakata,” says Carney. All of the copper plates with the engravings from artists and students will also be installed as a mural at the school.
Carney adds that the project aims to empower the Chipakata students to express themselves, and to create art that they want to hold on to. “We want them to understand that this is the way that a lot of artists exist, that we make work and we share it with our friends and that’s part of the motivation to create stuff—that you get to share it with this community and talk about it and get feedback.”