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Brown Paper Zine & Small Press Fair

  • MoCADA 80 Hanson Place Brooklyn, NY, 11217 United States (map)

3 Dot Zine presents its first installment of the Brown Paper Zine and Small Press Fair for Black and PoC Artists as a part of programming for Diagram of the Heart, by Glenna Gordon, currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA).

3 Dot Zine is a collaborative submission based zine founded by artist Devin N Morris in 2014 as a way to extend the reach of important dialogues Morris was having with his peers.Throughout his time participating in zine fairs and festivals in New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, he noticed a lack of Black and People of Color (PoC) representation within these environments, which stood in stark contrast to the diverse independent publishing communitiesMorris found himself apart of.

As such, the Brown Paper Zine and Small Press Fair was created to provide a space where the creative efforts of Black and PoC artists working in print mediums could be exposed and proliferated. Bringing together established zine makers, small presses, and artists working in print mediums to MoCADA, the fair asks each participant to seek out new and young artists to showcase their zines, or facilitate the production of their print-based work. In addition to encouraging young artists to use zines as a viable, independent avenue for sharing their work, this effort also acquaints young makers with the communities that fairs create.

The Brown Paper Zine and Small Press Fair will occupy multiple locations within the MoCADA building as the weekend boasts inclusive programming in the way of; the Women’s Healing Space, a writing workshop and a space for women to check in, be seen, heard and affirmed while in community with each other; a screening of #BlackGirlLit: Between Literature, Performance & Memory, a documentary exploring “black woman-ness” and the literary traditions that inform it, featuring artists Ayana Evans, Kal Gezahegn, Dell M. Hamilton, Tsedaye Makonnen, Helina Metaferia and Marceline Mandeng; Social Sunday: Black Ink, a panel discussion interrogating the world of self-publishing and the instance where inspiration leads to action; and more to be announced.

3 Dot Zine
Blk Grls Wurld Zine
Brown and Proud Press
Brown Recluse Zine Distro
Codify Art
Collectiva Cosmica
Endless Editions
La Chamba Press
La Liga Zine
PJ Gubatina Policarpio
True Laurels Zine
Yellow Jackets Collective

More on Diagram of the Heart, by Glenna Gordon: Littattafan soyayya is a genre of literature unique to Kano, Nigeria. Translated from Hausa to mean “books of love,” the paperback novels are written and self-published by women in Northern Nigeria, with subject matter ranging from friendly relationships and moments of complex desire to criticism of arranged marriages and global occupation. Intending to photographically document the relationship between the books and the daily lives of the women who write them, Glenna Gordon was made privy to the myriad possibilities that exist for women as they navigate domestic interiors, wedding ceremonies, and public space. While the resulting images are intentionally ambiguous in judgment, the women are revealed within sites of conflict and vitality.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Suggested Donation - $8