I will be putting out two zines as part of a zine curriculum on Media Literacy and one zine about gentrification in Los Angeles.
My current zines look at social issues such as Media Literacy or Gentrification, and aim to provide both historical/analytical/deconstructive approaches of understanding the issue as well as creative/productive approaches, featuring submission-based personal zine pages from different contributors. My zines aim not only deconstruct the mechanisms of these social issues, but more importantly, explore how they are lived and felt.
I like to create my zine content by hosting weekly zine sessions at my school. The aspect of face-to-face presence and community is very important to my zine-making process. For me the actual zine product is only a component of the zine; my zines are about getting together and creating a space where people can relax and share ideas and experiences.
My first zine, "Lets talk about Media Literacy," was a small pitch-zine for a zine-based curriculum on the topic of Media Literacy. The idea of the curriculum was to create 3-part zines: one part pages of excerpts of theory that aim to demystify critical race/gender/media theory; one part featuring art from different artists that deal with the themes of the zine, and one part creative assignments.
While I sometimes have anxieties about many other creative practices, worrying about the value of my work,I love how fearless and experimental the zine-making process allows me to be.