We Face Forward Fanzine Workshop
A Paper Response to an exhibition
A Fanzine is a self publication, a small magazine themed on topics of interest to you.
I was delighted when asked to run a fanzine workshop in conjuction with the Raw Social events at the gallery inspired by the West African exhibition, We Face Forward which is taking place throughout Manchester galleries and musuems this summer. This exhibition celebrates the links between Manchester and West Africa's colourful heritage and includes a host of exciting and groundbreaking works.
I created my own We Face Forward zine with stitches and writings from the exhibition. The workshop was created to complement the Whitworth's own We Face Forward newspaper available to visitors. This was used as template for participants of the workshop to take inspiration from for their own small self publications. The fanzines were made from A3 paper folded into 8 squares to make a basic 1 paper page 'zine. At the end of the workshop, the fanzines were photocopied at the gallery and have been saved as paper mementos of visitor's responses to the exhibition. Read a reflection of the workshop from the Whitworth blog here
Taking inspiration from Pascale Marthine Tayou's I stitched some playful and spirtural sculptures and illustrations from the exhibition. His installations are inspired by the famous West African novel, "Things Fall Apart." By Chinua Achiibe. The steel diamonds and suspended dolls enthuse “a bridge between thinking and dreaming.” Depicting feelings of transulence and decay.The sculptural forest on display continues it's diamond trail in the neighbouring park.
Fantastic textile response to Armadou Sanogo's Disabled Gaze.
Photographer Jenn Brookes made a fantastic zine with paints and photocopies.