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Nicky Rodriguez

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Why do you make zines?

I make zines to explore and express my feelings. If I have a strong response to something, like events in my life, I'll use zine creation to explore how to articulate those feelings. I also make zines as a means of educating others, like during times of political upheaval in Puerto Rico.

How do zines help you reflect your cultural identity?

A few of my zines and more that I have planned explore my being Puerto Rican through the use of imagery associated with the culture, as well as bold, saturated colors that are indicative of Caribbean spaces. They also often utilize the Spanish language. These zines help me explore visual language in Puerto Rican culture and how I can apply it to my creative and narrative practice.