*Originally published at The Antenna Works
The Fine Art of Radical Self-Publishing highlights the work of contemporary BIPOC artists who focus on political self-publishing with topics including decolonization, queerness, family separation, mental health, colorism, environmental justice, and diasporic experiences. Exhibited alongside the zines are additional elements of a zinester’s practice like stickers, buttons, and prints, as well as glimpses into the creative process such as cut-and-paste collage.
La Liga Zine
Red Rising Magazine
Silk Club ATX
Zines with Sol
Curated by Suzy González
On view: September 5th – October 25th
Opening Reception: Saturday September 12th from [3:00] – [9:00] PM
Closing Reception: Saturday October 10th from [3:00] – [9:00] PM
Daily hours: Thursday – Sunday 12-5
Image credit Brenda Montaño of Zines with Sol
Prior to covid-19 I participated in a weekly art therapy group through my community's behavior health clinic. This is where I rediscovered collage art. In group I would create at least one collage or cut out images from magazines and sort them by color. Soon I began to create 1-7 collages per day while at home. In group we talked about our lives, families, mental health, and our need for individual and collective care.
Prior to covid-19 I participated in nurturing parent program classes (12 weekly sessions) in my community with other indigenous parents on topics including nurturing self, role modeling, early education, chemical education, suicide prevention, empathy, nurturing the child, identifying feelings, discipline and boundaries, and domestic violence.
I confess I am not a writer, a poet, none of that lol. HOWEVER. Recently I participated in a writing workshop with writer Julia Mallory in collaboration with literary journal Raising Mothers on IG. The workshop, The Naming of Dreams, focused on naming our dreams through poetry, specifically through haiku, sonku (created by Sonia Sanchez - 6 lines, 3 syllables) and haiju (created by Julia Mallory - 13 lines, 13 syllables). Ever since I have been writing haiju (most of the poems in this issue are haiju) and I can't stop!
I have known Alecia Deon for over three years as a friend and as a spiritual guide. Through her Patreon ($11.11 Selenite tier) every month I am able to access tarot readings, spiritual uses for various herbs & spices, dream interpretations, details on planetary transits, full moon & new moon divination, and quarterly, monthly and yearly energy forecasts with journal exercises.
I found out about Fearless Femme from Instagram, that they were offering peer counseling for queer, trans Black, Indigenous, people of color. I completed eight 40-minute sessions with a peer counselor over the phone.
About Fearless Femme 100:
Fearless Femme 100 is a covid-19 response mental health service project staffed by BIPoC trans femmes, GNC/NB folks and cis women offering peer counseling to QTBIPoC.
Peer counseling is community based, helping to establish connection to community, to reduce psychiatric incarceration, and to provide "community, not cops, as a response to crisis."
"Peer Counseling allows us to bring thought into action: A community based example of how we move and shift away from oppressive structures that have limited our capacities to heal."
FOR CHILDREN & THE FAMILY
One of my sons receives equine-assisted psychotherapy at an equestrian facility. Equines are horses, donkeys and zebras. At this particular facility there are also alpaca, goats, and chickens. This type of therapy offers grooming, feeding, and ground exercises of the animals with a therapist to address emotional, social, cognitive and behavior needs of the client. This is an excellent type of trauma therapy. Because of covid, weekly sessions are via zoom (minus the animals).
Our family is part of a program that focuses on family preservation with bi-weekly in-home and/or learning home therapy facilitated by a clinician to meet our individual and family goals. In-home is within our own community environment and learning home is a home provided for families to spend the week or weekends. Again because of covid, sessions are via zoom.
Every week my children meet with a mentor via zoom.
We are a family of artists. One of my sons prefers creating Simpsons art while the other prefers making comics. They are the creators of the zine Black Indigenous Boy.
Both are interested in Pokemon, anime, dance, music, Legos, spending time with family, and learning about cultural history.
OTHER RESOURCES I RECOMMEND
*these zine titles can also be checked out from my library, the people's zine library. sign up here.
Out-of-school suspension again? What’d you do this time?
Alls I did was throw a pencil at my teacher and
He wants to charge assault. Man, I’m only 11.
3 weeks and they might not let me back in. This shit sucks.
Out-of-school suspension? Man, you just got here. Why tho?
Got caught smoking a cigarette in the bathroom, son.
The hell? You’re 10. And 10 days, you go before the board?
Yeah and teen court and substance abuse class or somethin.
ISS? Maaaan, you buggin. What’d you do this time, boy?
I don’t know bro, I just can’t sit still, I talk a lot.
I cuss a lot. I don’t know, I’m different. People
Just don’t like me. I’ll be in ISS forever.
Let’s play Legos, man. School for Kids with ADHD
School resource officer waiting for you, watching you.
88 cameras for 300 K through 8.
Zero tolerance for you little black boy. They don’t
Care you are 10 years old, 12 years old. They wait for you
Outside your house gate and drive through your community
Searching for little black boys in maroon collared shirts.
Locked up in jail? Doesn’t matter, you still missed 10
Days of school so goodbye to you. In psychiatric
Care? Doesn’t matter, you signed an agreement so now
You cannot come back this year. Wait until next year when
Covid-19 catches you little black boy. It can
Catch you again if it wants to. BIE don’t care.
Do not worry, little man. Their eyes are watching you.