Ahh, zines. Our no-holds-barred time capsule of these turbulent years. At first glance, you can already tell that it’s made out of art materials lying in our houses. But how do you exactly start?
Well, you can learn from Makò Micropress of MAKÔ Collective, a radical group of artists creating zines, especially about the Duterte regime. On Mar. 25 at 10 a.m., the community is holding a zine-making workshop that’s free for all. (And no, you don’t need any experience to join.)
The workshop is part of arts and lifestyle writer Marz Aglipay’s exhibition called “Proto/Para: Rethinking Curatorial Work.” It will be facilitated by Makò Micropress with Aglipay.
If you’re ready to make that (first ever) zine, here’s the checklist of things to bring on Zoom: scratch paper or bond paper, materials you’re comfortable cutting (old magazines, brochures, pamphlets), tape or glue and scissors.
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To sign up, send your name, affiliation/school and email address (GMail is preferred) to [email protected]. Once confirmed, you’ll receive the Zoom link via email.
With the goal of sustaining counter-hegemonic cultures, Makò Micropress started to dabble in producing zines around three years ago. “Ang kawalan ng mga ganitong uri ng sining, kawalan na rin ng kabulukan ng sistema,” they told us in an interview. “Marahil ang ‘forever goal’ namin ay ang ‘wag nang lumikha ng sining na nagpoprotesta. Ibig sabihin, naresolba na ‘yong mga issues o tunggalian na nangyayari sa lipunan.”
(The absence of this art form is the absence of systemic injustices.)
(Maybe our “forever goal” is to not make protest art. That means issues and struggles in the country have already been resolved.)
For more information, head to their event page.
Photo from MAKÔ Collective