Posts Tagged ‘activism’

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

23

09 2019

Talking Wellness OCAD U! Exhibition

Talking Wellness Speech bubble by Tania Costa

TALKING WELLNESS AT OCAD U! Exhibition

Art and Design Education (ADEL): Community has been investigating various concerns around how we might achieve a healthier art and design education community at OCAD U. We have taken this up through personal observation and in conversation with the staff at the Health and Wellness Centre. Our intention has been not to suggest definitive policy changes nor do a rigourous quantitative research but rather to explore, as artists, through personal discovery and dialogue, what we might envision as an ideal – or even imaginary – healthy community for those who study, teach and work in art and design at OCAD U. This exhibition presents creative voices in declamatory dialogic as they imagine a healthy thriving community for OCAD U.

Artists/Researchers:

Jerad Beauregard, Rhys Castro, Tara Clews, Tania Costa, Hana Elmisry, Zen Huang, Cori Jin, Nataly Kais, Angie Ma, Kaylee Meyer, Kais Padamshi, Cleopatria Peterson, Ariella Polisuk, Sam Young

Project Co-facilitators:

Tal Sofia Braniss, Marta Chudolinska, Pam Patterson, and Robyn Shaw.

Thank you to Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean, FoA for providing assistance for mounting this exhibition, Marta Chudolinska, facilitator and provocateur extraordinaire and the Learning Zone for encouragement and direction, and Amanda Hotrum and Cathy Cappon, ODESI, for resources and support.

A special thank you to the Health and Wellness Centre (HWC) OCAD U for partnering with ADEL artists/researchers and providing goodies: Robyn Shaw, for taking on the role of one of the project facilitators who, with Courtney Ward, Nathan Klaehn, Alanna Fletcher, Tamara Aleong, Alex McLaren, Sarah Cree, Kaitlyn Young, met in many one-on-one conversations with students, and to the HWC administrator, Gloria Han for co-ordinating all these meetings.

Talking Wellness at OCAD U! Exhibition; signage by Cleopatria Peterson

On at the Learning Zone Gallery until December 8th. Opening Reception, Wed. November 28th, 2 – 2:50 pm. Please join us and celebrate with the artists, researchers, Co-facilitators and OCAD U partners.

Learning Zone Gallery

113 McCaul St., Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick St.

27

11 2018

Proud At OCAD U Art Show

Proud At OCAD U Art Show, Casey Helm

Visit the Learning Zone Gallery to see Proud at OCAD U Art Show

Proud at OCAD U coordinators, Casey Helm and Teddy Schaub curated this exhibition and here is their perspective on this art show:

The PROUD at OCAD U Exhibition features the work of LGBTQ+ identifying students here at OCAD. Art Exhibition spaces can be inaccessible spaces, especially for those whose identities intersect in different ways. The theme is simple: there is none! The participants were encouraged to bring in work they felt like showing off. PROUD is a community space and focuses on claiming our own space here at OCAD. Copies of the PROUD Community Zine are also available for free in the Learning Zone!

List of participants:

Casey Helm
Jazmin Cordon-Ibanez
Rachel Finlay
J. Lee Bertram-French
Heidi Ku
Abigail LaChapelle
Vincy Lim
Rachel McCormick
Emily Saunders
Teddy Schaub
Proud at OCAD U Collaborative Artwork: Teddy, Casey, Jazmin, Vincy, Camille, Andres, Lee
Proud at OCAD U Community Zine Cover Collage: Teddy, Casey, Nic, Rachel, Lee, Annie

Proud At OCAD U Art Show, April 2018

Image credit: Abigail La Chapelle, Jazmin Cordon-Ibanez, Teddy Schaub, Heidi Ku, Rachel McCormick, Emily Saunders

06

04 2018

grOCAD Exhibition at the Learning Zone

grOCAD Exhibition banner, 2017

grOCAD Exhibition is the latest installation in the Learning Zone. This exhibition highlights grOCAD’s explorations, workshops and on-campus installations focusing on urban agriculture and sustainable practices since the group’s inception in 2011.

grOCAD is one of OCAD University many diverse student groups on campus, with an active interest in community building through plant life.

On exhibit are a small series of colour prints of concept drawings illustrating the creative process behind the works installed on campus, or exhibited at gallery shows.  Projects include the Pedal Farm Exhibition, Living Wall, 3rd iteration of Windowfarm, Moss Exhibition, and raised planters constructed during O-days.

 

The centre piece of this exhibition is the grOCAD banner capturing the collective spirit of the members working together from 2011 to 2016.

On until the end of September.

 

31

08 2017

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week

Last week, the Learning Zone celebrated Freedom to Read Week with a zine display, highlighting the importance of self-expression and intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Freedom To Read Week zine display poster, February 26 to March 4

Today, many books, magazines and graphic novels will face censorship due to their subject matter relating to gender issues, race, religion, same sex marriage and sexuality, to name a few.

A little known fact from a not so distant past, a box of zines destined to a zine conference called “Spew” was banned by Canada Customs, because the nature of the contents was deemed pornographic. Gene Barnes’ Hippie Dick zine and  Kelly Martin’s zine, Thorn were declared to be offensive for public access.

The zine display featured a few titles like the missing peace: truth and justice in Israel/Palestine written by an Palestine American and Jewish American, Licking Stars Off Ceilings #5: Riot Grrrl is not Dead by Clementine Cannibal, A Queersafe Zine by Mary Potter in collaboration with Leah Newbold and Adriana, Institutionalized: Education, Corporate Media and the Fraudulent Canadian Democracy by Aaron Fitzpatrick and My Comrade: Gay Culture Magazine. That was an snippet of the many diverse zines that can be found in the  OCAD Zine Library collection, as it’s all about self-expression.

We encourage all zinesters to keep on creating, engaging, or expressing your point of view—let’s not take our rights for granted.

Freedom to Read Week Zine Display

 

 

 

09

03 2017


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