Dropping by Komura; Black and White Zine Fair this Saturday? We already have a reco for your list. Built by Andrei Venal and edited by Miko Mendizabal, “Iisang Halimaw” is a collaborative zine featuring works of our favorite creatives Dead Balagtas, Dicta License, Ginoe, Lakan Umali, Juan Miguel Severo, Mervin Malonzo, and more.
We absolutely endorse this project by our young, fast-rising, articulate and brilliant LODIs!
They take on the challenge of a philosopher: “A poet must also learn how to lead an attack”. pic.twitter.com/jSEajxzWFt
— LODI Arts and Media Alliance (@MagingLODI) September 17, 2019
If we can take a quick peek into “Iisang Halimaw,” what would we see? Ginoe clues us in his work as “satirical illustrations of a famous family of dictators.” He shared that while he was making the drawings, historical revisionism dominated the interwebs. What made him say “yes” to co-creating this zine is how a “single drawing can be a push to the right direction,” especially in our current political climate.
This Saturday marks the 47th anniversary of Martial Law. Many victims still haven’t been given justice and many questions are left answered, but the quest continues. Everyone—including creatives—can play a part in leading progressive movements. “Images are powerful. As a visual artist, I am aware of how an image can make someone think. In any kind of human struggle, artists have been a part of the collective call to action,” Ginoe says.
Happening on Sept. 21 at Warehouse Eight at 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Komura; Black and White Zine Fair aims to “strip down the zine into its most basic radical format.” With this, expect to leave the place with loosely-folded, slightly-thin, black and white zines on your hand.
Art by Catherine Ysabel Dizon