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Ali Sheikh, Food for Thought and Selected Works

Ali Sheikh, Food for Thought + selected works. 2019

Food For Thought and Selected Works by Ali Sheikh

 

The Learning Zone Gallery welcomes a new exhibition called Food For Thought and Selected Works by Ali Sheikh. This exhibition brings together a collection of oil paintings inspired by surrealist works with a contemporary exploration of meaning, intimacy and relationships. Ali Sheikh explains:

This body of work sums up my first venture into oil portraiture. The series of three, inspired by surrealist works, explores the strange charm of a piece lacking context and the concept of finding meaning from nonsense, through dreamlike backdrops and hovering produce. Humidity aims to create an intimate, almost uncomfortable experience for the viewer, either provoking a sense of understanding with the subject or rather an awkward, claustrophobic feeling. The double portrait Affixed depicts two figures, partly converging, and is inspired by the relationship between how close one can be to another yet how little one may actually know about the other.

 

 

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10 2019

OCAD U Zine Library Presents : FREEDOM-HI! and Salam Wai : Resistance Beyond Borders

This exhibition captures the raw energy behind zines – self-published works from zine creators with unique perspectives and diverse voices. The DIY culture embodies freedom of expression unlimited to stories, poetry, drawings, collages, comics and perzines while delving head on into current and contemporary political issues.

Zines are artistic in nature driven by a do-it-yourself (DIY) ethos of handmade or photocopied; zines fit comfortably in an exhibition space as an artifact of voices with a growing urgency to be heard.

FREEDOM-HI! An Exhibition of Zines and Documentation from Hong Kong’s Civil Movements

 

Freedom-Hi! Atom C and Jason

Atom C and Jason Li from Zine Coop installed the Freedom-Hi! exhibition featuring zines and documentation from 2019 Hong Kong’s protests that began over the controversial extradition bill that could send Hong Kong residents to Mainland China to be tried in court.

The passing of this extradition bill, The Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019, would violate the constitutional principle “One Country, Two Systems” which the Chinese government had promised to uphold for 50 years following the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China in 1997.

This situation, far from being resolved, has created uncertainties and unrests within Hong Kong which are reflected in this exhibition, and the introduction of new zines being added weekly present real time documentation and preservation.

Freedom-Hi! zines 2019

In response, this exhibition highlights and investigates the current social and political climate of Hong Kong. It offers a glimpse into DIY publishing as a vehicle for information dissemination, self expression and creative resistance.

Salam // Wai : Resistance Beyond Borders

 

Salam // Wai : Resistance Beyond Borders curated by Diaspora Express and Hong Kong Gong draws parallels between Salam// Wai : Resistance Beyond Borders and  Freedom-Hi! April 6, 2019 mark the start of pro-democracy protests in Sudan. A political crisis erupted since the removal of the long-serving ruler, Omar al-Bashir.

…how can we hold space for one another, when our own homes are under attack?

The curators seek to answer this question with bringing both the Sudan and Hong Kong community together with art, zines and family photos.

This is a scaled version of the exhibition that ran at Tea Base in August. A collection of art and zines from two communities sharing parallel experiences. On at the OCAD U Zine Library until October 7.

 

Salam // Wai: Resistance Beyond Borders zines

Download the  Salam//Wai Exhibition Statement by Diaspora Express and Hong Kong Gong

Zine Coop display 2019

Zine Coop logo

Zine Coop is an indie publishing artist collective that promotes zine culture in Hong Kong. It provides support on zine making and distribution, connecting artists with book fairs while serving as a bridge between distress and potential readers.

www.zinecoop.org / FB: zinecoop / IG: zine_coop

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09 2019

Salisa Jatuweerapong: How Do You Love The Storm?

Salisa Jatuweeapong, a third year Digital Futures major presents blown-up comic panels and process sketches from her most recent work, How Do You Love The Storm? a non-linear comic about deciding to love.

Cover art: Salisa Jatuweerapong

How Do You Love The Storm?

It’s about those summer storms in your childhood that disappear just as quickly as they come; about tornado-winds that tangle heartstrings till it’s all knotted yarn; about the hurricane’s overcast being scary, too scary, of a shadow for you to breath in. In less metaphorical terms: it’s about three teenagers on a storm-chasing road trip figuring out emotions as they go.

Comic panel : Salisa Jatuweerapong

Salisa got a lot of things she wants to do, and a lot of stories she wants to tell! Find her pretty much always yelling about these kids on Twitter (@salsaeatschips) or Instagram (@ica_agency).

On until September 30

17

09 2019

#DisplayYourPride June 13th

Button making party, 2019

 

OCAD U Zine Library marked their celebration of Pride Month last week @ocadulibrary with Tamara Noor ‘s staff pick:

Stonewall 1969 by Mike Funk:

As we come up on Pride month, it is important to remember the origins of Pride and this zine serves as a great reminder. It provides a brief history of the Stonewall riots in comic form. Most importantly, it highlights the important roles that LGBTQ activists and pioneers Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera played in the 1969 Stonewall rebellion. Pride did not begin as a fun corporate-sponsored party, it was a police riot. This zine reminds me to pause and thank the courageous LGBTQ activists that came before us for the important work they did.

Tamara Noor, Stonewall 1969

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#DisplayYourPride at OCAD U! Visit the many events across campus and join us at the Learning Zone for a button making party; Thursday June 13th from noon until 4 pm. Be creative and make a button or a few – only 2 for $1.00. All welcome!

 

10

06 2019

OCAD U Zine Library Celebrates Pride Month 2019

OCAD U Zine Pride Month 2019

 

For Pride Month 2019, our LGBTQ+ and supporting Learning Zone Staff members discovered some of their favourite zines from the OCAD U Zine Library. The zine library is an evolving DIY collection promoting diversity and embracing inclusive communities. We’ve highlighted staff picks and more in our Pride Month display.

Tamara Noor

Tamara Noor staff pick:

We begin with a personal favourite of Tamara’s called Kingston is for Lesbians by Cleo:

For this years’ Pride display, Kingston is for Lesbians by Cleo was a zine I immediately gravitated to. Being a queer person of colour in a very white, conservative city is something I relate to a lot. However, even in those unfortunate circumstances, it is still possible to find role models to aspire to (i.e. the older lesbian couple next door in their domestic bliss). This zine also beautifully explores the concept of “home” and what that means… is it a place? A feeling? I also adore Cleo’s illustration style. All in all, a magnificent perzine about self-discovery.

 

What Makes An Object Queer zine

Nik Szafranek staff pick:

This zine What Makes An Object Queer by Jamie Q was an immediate favourite for Nik:

I was immediately drawn to the playfulness of the little (XS) zine; with its playing with descriptions of queerness that are both fun and accessible. Where a lot of cis/heteronormative discourse tends to essentialize LGBTQ+ identities to merely their sexual aspects and there for deemed not ‘child appropriate’. It is refreshing to see a more light hearted but still very holistic approach to this diverse grouping of identities and lived experiences. The pairing of attempts to describe queerness you can imagine being used for individuals you may know and empathize with equally ‘queer’ but definitionally different representations of abstract composite forms along and more recognizable objects with unexpected additions and omissions attempts to bridge understanding by comparison and contrast seems very approachable.

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Casey Helm staff pick:

A Queer Women in History: A Zine Celebrating the lives of Queer Women in History caught Casey’s attention:

History of Queer Women

While the zine is certainly not exhaustive, it gives the reader a great little primer on some influential + pioneering LGBTQ+ women throughout history. I want people to use this zine as an introduction; there are so many more amazing women to learn about, and so much more in-depth information about everyone featured in the zine. Do your research, especially about historical LGBTQ+ women of colour! An important figure missing from this work is Marsha P. Johnson, a Black Trans woman activist who was at Stonewall. Queer and Trans women of colour were so instrumental in building the community we have today, and we owe so much to Marsha and others. I also want this zine to remind everyone – WE HAVE ALWAYS EXISTED!!

Samiya Karim staff pick:

Decolonizing P@renting a zine by & for Queer parents of color edited by  Se’mana Thompson and Maria Teresa Carmier  was love ❤️ at first sight for Samiya:

Samiya Karim, 2019

It is rare to see conversations about queer parenting let alone queer parents of colour. This zine opens up the conversation of how we can approach parenting as POC with Queer identities. A healing zine for anyone of queer POC identity.

Visit the OCAD U Zine Library and discover your favourite LGBTQ+ zine and share it with us!

 

 

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06 2019


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