Since 2010, the MoVE Project at the ACMS has been involved in a range of collaborative visual and narrative research projects that seek to explore the lived experiences of migrant sex workers in South Africa. These projects, such as Working the City
, Volume 44
and Equal Airtime
not only engage in robust research but also produce an 'artifact' that is shared with public audiences.
This year, the MoVE team along with our central partner the Sisonke Sex Worker Movement- conceptualised two projects that aim to make the reproduction of materials more affordable. The Open Society Foundation funded the MoVE Project in collaboration with Sisonke to conduct a Gauteng based newsletter project called, Izwi Lethu and two zine workshops in the rural provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
'Zines are self-published, small-circulation, often nonprofit books, papers, or websites. They usually deal with topics too controversial or niche for mainstream media, presented in an unpolished layout and unusual design. Everyone, from a major NGO to a teenager like you, can be an author (and also an editor, art director, and publisher) of a zine, and that’s part of what makes them so awesome.
Since the invention of the photocopy machine, zine-making has been one most popular forms of independent publishing, especially in underground communities. But it’s hard to generalize about zines, the same way it’s hard to generalize about culture. Not just hard—impossible. Because like all art and media, zines can be anything and everything. And they are'. lifted from here.
Please take a look at the Facebook album of the recently completed zine workshop held in Makhado, Limpopo with 13 participants from around the Province.
The MoVe Team heads out to Nelspruit, Mpumalanga this Sunday (22 November) to conduct the last of the zine workshops for 2015. The workshops take place over a course of two weeks and are facilitated by Elsa Oliveira and Quinten Williams. Two participants from previous MoVE Projects conducted in collaboration with Sisonke support the facilitators and provide a crucial role in the process.
An official exhibition where zines will be made available to the public will take place in early 2016.
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