12-1:45pm: InDesign Zine Workshop
2:30-4pm: Social Sunday - Black Ink Zine Panel
4:30-6pm: Reading Room
More information on each program is below!
InDesign Zine Workshop
Sunday, January 29, 12-1:45pm
Khari Johnson-Ricks and Samer Frouad will discuss the process they used to make “Yutha Assata,” a zine they made together last Spring. They will go over the basics of Adobe InDesign, the creative process and thought experiments used to create a sequential body of work, and their personal self-publishing and zine-making practices.
Attendees to the workshop are encouraged to bring their own zine projects or materials they are currently working with for discussion.
Khari Johnson-Ricks is an artist and DJ based in New Jersey whose work is often referential to and analytical of ways in which oppressed people maneuver self care and expression through cross cultural exchange, ritual and gathering. This often shows up by way of kemetology, buddhist references, street and ritual dance from around the world and surrealist scenes.
Samer Fouad is a graphic designer and artist based out of Newark, New Jersey. Fouad’s work has been featured in magazines and websites spanning from New York to Tokyo, specifically the AIGA, Design Sponge, Ad Week and Pantone™. Currently Director of Operations at the Newark Printshop, Fouad hopes to bring analog printing back to a digital Newark.
Social Sunday: Black Ink Zine Panel
Sunday, January 29, 2:30-4pm
Social Sunday is a salon style gathering and conversation series where invited guests discuss current political, personal, and social affairs. As such, Social Sunday: Black Ink Zine Panel will consider the different ways independent publishing materializes. Together invited paneleists represent traditional avenues of publishing and some have the true renegade spirit of zine making as they occupy many roles as a self publishers, artists, and professionals. Moderated by Kimberly Drew, panelists include:
Devin N. Morris
PJ Gubatina Policarpio
Panelist and Moderator Bios:
Barbara Calderón is an art writer and historian based in New York City. She is a founding member of Colectiva Cósmica, an art collective that stages curatorial projects concerning femme identity in relation to community and youth empowerment.
Her personal research is in Xicana culture and social activism. She wrote the widely shared article ‘The Folk Feminist Struggle Behind the Chola Fashion Trend’ which was featured on NPR and became a defining text about the chola cultural identity. She has written for Top Rank Magazine, VICE, Bitch magazine, and Remezcla where she has been the site’s art columnist since 2012. She has a Bachelor’s in Magazine Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.A. in Art History from The Pratt Institute.
Kimberly Drew received her B.A. from Smith College in Art History and African-American Studies, with a concentration in Museum Studies. An avid lover of black culture and art, Drew first experienced the art world as an intern in the Director’s Office of The Studio Museum in Harlem. Her time at the Studio Museum inspired her to start the Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art, sparking her interest in social media. Drew is currently the Social Media Manager at The Met. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @museummammy. http://museummammy.club/
Paul John graduated from the University of Richmond where he studied printmaking with artist Tanja Softic. He received his MFA in Printmaking at SUNY New Paltz. Frequently working in conjunction with other artists, he creates prints, installations, online-art, artist books, and works with ideas of contemporary communication using Facebook, Instagram, &, other Social Media as a platform for viewing irreverent art. Paul John was an Artist in Residence at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and is currently a Printer Without Press Fellow at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, part of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. He has taught classes in basic printmaking, risograph printing, screen printing, embossments and digital reproductions.
Born in Chicago and raised in Metro Detroit, Christina Long received her MFA in Printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012 and is also a violinist for NYC’s New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra. Being heavily involved in the Metal community for over a decade, she cares about promoting the many women of color who love heavy music genres.
#BLKGRLSWURLD is a quarterly zine run by Christina Long and her younger brother and sister since 2013. As a trio of artists and writers they are known as Trifecta Studios. Being young African American metalheads sharing their love of the Metalcore music scene, they share footage from live shows and host open calls for art and prose. The zine is free to download online.
Devin N. Norris is a Baltimore born, Brooklyn based mixed media artist, writer and culture producer. Devin is also the editor of the great collaborative effort 3 Dot Zine, which is an annual publication that serves as a forum for invited artists to center and elaborate on marginalized concerns and celebrates the futurity of minorities. He has exhibited in America and Brazil, with short stories and visual works also appearing in NYU’s ISO Magazine, Nii Journal (London), Picture Newspaper and Packet Bi-Weekly Zine amongst others. He will release the third issue of 3 Dot Zine in Spring 2017 and will host his first zine fair, Brown Paper Zine & Small Press Fair for Black & PoC Artists, in January.
PJ Gubatina Policarpio is a community arts organizer: a socially-engaged artist, curator, programmer, writer, and educator. His multidisciplinary practice utilizes research, archive, collaboration, curatorial, education and public engagement as both art and tool. In 2016, PJ's interactive project Hinabi: Philippine Textile Lab was featured in CROSSLINES: A Culture Lab on Intersectionality presented by the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific American Center. An accompanying book Textiles of the Philippines was published for the occasion. PJ is the founder and curator of the Filipinx American Book Festival in Queens, New York.
Sunday, January 29, 4:30-6pm
For the final program of the Brown Paper Zine & Small Press Fair, please join us in the basement for readings by:
Destiny Be is a Black artist, writer, and thinker living currently in Brooklyn NY. Primarily she is involved with expression in many forms. She graduated from Parsons with a degree in fashion design, but her life and interests have lead her away from fashion and looking towards the relationship design and expression to our subconscious, and how one aids the formation of the other. Poetry being useful mode of expression of exploring this relationship, she has recently begun to share her own to extract meaning and further discussion during this critical time.
Rickey Laurentiis was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. His work has been supported by fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. In 2016, he traveled to Palestine as a part of the Palestine Festival of Literature. His first book, Boy with Thorn (2015), won the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the 2016 Levis Reading Prize and is a current finalist for the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Collecting material from her off beat life and love of sponetity, Taina Manigat carries readers on bold boundless adventures. Her work navigates around the hiccups and controversies of growing as a young black woman in the 21st century. Each story breaks down barriers, and goes against commons grains, leaving readers slightly uncomfortable yet reassured “I’m not the only one”. She lives in Long Island, NY.
Freddy Martinez is a writer from El Paso, Texas, now based in Brooklyn. He has interviewed photographers, photo editors, writers, and artists from around the world. You can see more of his interviews here. Follow him on Instagram: @frowningfreddy
Precious Okoyomon is a Chicago-based poet and artist. She is the author of Ajebota (Bottlecap Press, 2016). Her writing has been performed and exhibited at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati and ICF gallery and National Sawdust and elsewhere. Her writing has been published in Lit Magazine, Fanzine, Shabby Doll House, and elsewhere. She loves her sweet toy poodle rainbow and is a Leo that is very low key evil.
More Informaiton on the Fair:
The Brown Paper Zine and Small Press Fair for Black and PoC Artists was created to provide a space where the creative efforts of Black and PoC artists working in print mediums could be exposed and proliferated. The fair is organized by 3 Dot Zine as part of programming for Diagram of the Heart by Glenna Gordon, which is currently on view in MoCADA's Extended Gallery through February 26th. The exhibition documents a community of self-published female authors in Northern Nigeria whose paperback novels depict scenes that both challenge and reinforce the roles of women in conservative Islamic society.