This weekend, Martha Street Studio opens it’s exhibit, ALL IN. It will explore the relationships between community and print processes. “With ALL IN we wanted to celebrate this idea of collaboration and community by focusing on work with community as the central theme, whether that is through subject matter, mode of production or how the work is disseminated,” said Suzie Smith, one of the event organizers.
Naturally, zines are a big part of it.
Smith said zines offer an alternative mode of communication. “They creates a platform for people to share ideas, in their own way, separate from main stream media and un reliant on websites or internet access.”
According to Smith, there is at least one project with a GLBT* focus. TRANS.ZINE! was a Manitoba-based zine from 2005-2009. “Containing a variety of written and visual mediums that feature insights on/about individuals with trans/genderqueer/gender diverse experiences, their families, friends, partners, allies, and sidekicks, trans.zine! seeks to be forum for creativity, expression, celebration, information, and education.”
Also of interest is 1234V, said Smith. Created between 2007 and 2010, this zine was packed with stories of vaginas.
“Throughout the exhibition there will be a number of events,” said Smith. She mentioned a zine launch and drawing party by Places for Peanuts, a collage party and zine making workshop by Sappho Zine Collective and a poster making workshop at the Fringe Festival. There will also be a panel talk on July 3 featuring Kegan McFadden.
For more information, go to www.printmakers.mb.ca.