Our zines in a nutshell explore the themes of cultural and political identity, self care and the idea of home and what it means to ‘belong’. As we move through our journey and use our personal work as a tool to make sense of a rapidly changing cultural and political landscape we are excited to meet other travelers where their journey intersects with ours.
Supernova Design is an Art and Design collective founded by sisters Asavari and Shaivalini Kumar. Their personal projects are both a means of staying connected with each other across several time zones and making sense of the world around them as it ebbs and flows through turbulence and uncertainty. Expressing personal narratives through a cast of quirky characters, their stories and illustrations focus on themes of evolving cultural identity, relationships and the meaning of home. Born and raised in India, Asavari and Shaivalini keep their long-distance sisterhood alive through frequent exchanges of cat videos between their current homes in Los Angeles and Copenhagen.
Is a Malaysian-born multimedia artist whose works comprise of large-scale immersive installations featuring projections of her films and illustrations. The themes she explores are centered around displacement and cultural identity of existing in multiple worlds, but belonging to none. When she is not running her studio, The Motion Arsenal, she is baking cakes and journaling about her experiences living in the in-between.
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Coming from a background in experimental animation and graphic design, we are drawn to sequential narratives and are attracted to the immediacy of zine making and autonomy of creation and distribution they allow. We also love the fact that there seem to be no rules or a set 'way' in which zines 'should' be made. Its incredibly liberating.
Personally we feel that conveying a personal story or experience and communicating it fairly quickly and easily is something that other pre-meditated formats like animation and design don't allow quite as much. They often tend to get very heavily process and production oriented. Cultural identity for an immigrant is ever evolving and being able to create work in tandem with its evolution, to be able to quickly give it a tangible form is vital. Once the zine is out there - it creates a space for conversations around the experience and gives the creator permission to sit with the story and assimilate the larger context.
The best way to start out is to use a medium that you are able to express yourself very easily in. That could be drawing , writing, photography, found images - anything at all. This is probably the best way to remove any obstacles that might be in the way of telling your story.