ZINES OF THE ZONE is a mobile library dedicated to selfpublished photobooks, photozines, and any DIY printed matter related to photography.
Our aim is to create a European network and generate a public collection out of these alternative practices. We will be travelling throughout Europe from the beginning of 2014 in order to collect and show books at the same time.
A MOBILE LIBRARY
The photobook phenomenon is increasing and becoming trendy: more and more photographers and graphic designers explore its possibilities, more and more galleries and collectors are attracted by these objects. As these objects are limited in their edition and as they are sold at a fair price, they appear to be quickly sold out – and for that reason, out of reach, hard to find.
Considering this, we started to think about the idea of creating a library.
Our aim is to create a public collection so that anybody can have a look at this printed matter, whether it is sold out or not. This collection would act like a memory, a permanent place for the these quite-ephemeral objects : a place where the books continue to live, give inspiration, be manipulated. We consider self-publishing as a practise of its own, and it deserves to be shared.
In order to give a start to this library, we are going to be on tour:
We will be travelling throughout Europe from the beginning of 2014 (february), in order to meet every single person linked to self-publishing : photographers, graphic designers, independent publishing houses, specialized bookshops, founders of self-publishing-related events, gallerists, etc. We want to get a deep understanding of how is self-publishing considered in Europe, who are the makers and why do they make DIY books. In some places, we are also organizing events such as: lectures, book exhibitions, debates.
All along our way, we will work on a blog, a « road diary » in which we will post pictures of people we meet and present their project, we will also show landscapes of the European territory.
During the trip, while meeting people, we will also be collecting books and presenting them. With the help of a calendar we are currently setting up, we will communicate through social networks and medias to let people know where we are, so that they can bring books in each city of the tour to support our project. We cannot acquire books with money: since we are a small association, we rely on books lending or donations. We will present our growing collection to any curious visitor on our way.
It is free and public.
HELP US REALIZING OUR PROJECT
We are currently looking for contacts in each city of the tour, to welcome us, talk with us about self-publishing, share their experience and maybe books.
We are also looking for books!