In this digital world, sometimes going lo-fi gives you way more impact. Megan introduces us to the power of the zine.
A zine is a small, self-published and distributed magazine rising from the feminist, punk and activist movements of the 1980s. Zines are often used to share personal and political views and are easy to read and cheap to buy.
Zines can be an important part of art practice in that they can showcase art in a widely distributable and accessible manner. Zine culture fosters community, sharing, collaboration and innovation. Zines are a method of diversifying practice, but they can also be a practice unto themselves.
Many zine fairs take place across the UK. Check out the links to fairs across the country at the end of this post. In the meantime, here are a few of my favourite zines that can be found at these fairs and online, made by amazing zinesters in the UK today.
‘Zinetastic’ by Soofia
One of My Kind (OOMK)
‘Fear Brown Queers’ by Jacob V. Joyce
‘Paper Play’ by WCA
‘Make It Work’ by Kirsty Fife
‘Claude McKay: Queer, Black & Radical’ by Rudy Loewe
‘Silenced Feminisms: Inspired by Spare Rib’ by Megan Pickering
Hungry for more? Check out zine fests near you:
Want to make your own zine? Check out my ‘How to / Make: Create a mini-zine’ post.