A zine (pronounced /zeen/) is a humble self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images, usually reproduced with a photocopier. With roots in self-published civil war pamphlets and science fiction fan magazines of the 1930s, zines embody a DIY approach to publishing that is scrappy, hands-on, and inherently democratic.
Part exhibition, part workshop and part residency, My Back Pages will provide space for the public to learn about zine culture and try their hand at creating a zine of their own. This space will also house a residency where emerging and veteran “zinesters” will create site-specific work for the Living Room while showcasing their own self-published zines and artwork in the related areas of drawing, printmaking, assemblage and comics. With the help of a series of community partners, this space will house programming that will position zines and indie publishing within the context of today’s social, cultural, and political landscape.
My Back Pages Residency Schedule:
June – July The Centre Zine Club (Hamilton)
August – September Billy Mavreas (Montreal)
October – November Fiona Smyth (Toronto)
Follow along on social using #AGHZines