art and self-care made for/by disabled persons (myself and others)
- Feminist/Riot Grrrl
- Other (please describe)
self-care, community care, digital glitches relating to natural patterns of growth
I was asked to contribute art for an Eyeballburp Press zine in 2014 and realized the format would be a great way to share other projects I was working on at the time, so I printed up some zines ('Shape Fields', 'Systems', 'Playgrounds') and tabled them at LAZF with A'misa Chiu of Eyeballburp & PZS. I found zines around the time I left academia to take care of my health; accessibility is what kept me participating in zine fests. I find them to be more socially conscious than other events and venues; accessible in infrastructure, philosophy, and affordability. Anyone can take home a healing story or become an art collector by attending a zine fest and bringing some self-published material to trade; anyone can have their voice amplified by printing, folding, stapling, and sharing.
When information is shared directly from its creator without censorship or gatekeeping from large companies, we see real perspectives from people who would otherwise be filtered, silenced, or never given a platform to express themselves. Artists keep as much control over their content as they like, they aren't exploited or forced to cater to a mainstream audience if it doesn't suit their work.
Some people believe zines died because of the internet & blogs, but I think it's only helped to spread awareness of the medium. In the future, I imagine more and more people connecting to share their raw printed content in more spaces. I see safer space and accessibility policies being implemented in other events inspired by the ethos of zine fests, I see people valuing indie publishing as we do music and fine art. Zine communities are becoming stronger and interconnected, infiltrating schools and homes. Every public school and library will have a zine library centering the work of marginalized voices allowing for equity in representation.