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Lonely Bodies

2022

My role: Designer and Artworker

Participants: Azza Wielach, Louise Dukes, @hhh.yaru, Jiayan Fan, @jocelyne_vv, @Elsy.baoo, @uxuanillus, @jinow.c.c, Xiaoxue, Jake Patte, Leanna, Joanna, Judith, Wu Chia-Chen, Hsieh, Hui Yu

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Context:
Having grown up as a queer body in an unaccepting environment, I often felt isolated in my experience of the world around me. I wanted to explore if this is reflected in other people who are a part of the community.

Challenge:
Through a series of personal conversations and formal interviews with fellow queer people, I realised that queer communities are a powerful source of strength. Can we channel this sense of belonging to help those in less favourable situations to overcome the isolation of living in a heteronormative society?

Approach:

The project involved a series of collaborative and community-building workshops with LGBTQIA+ people. Their stories were then incorporated into the Lonely Bodies Zine. Creating the zine (i.e. the interviews/ workshops/ etc.) worked as a support system for all those involved, while the zine itself was an extension of this system.

Images and Artwork from the workshops and interviews

Through this project, I hoped to hold on to the DIY aesthetic of queer art. Zines have always been rooted in anti-capitalist and radical DIY culture. While some aspects of queer culture have become commodified with ideas around corporate pride, zines have remained autonomous and non-profit. Having the little imperfections of a Risograph rather than straightforward digital printing emphasized this idea.

The zine was made available at the Queer Summer Fayre in June 2022. The project was also shortlisted as part of the Creative Conscience Awards 2021-22.

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