Conference Presentation - Are You Okay? Visual Narratives and Authorial Illustration in Art Zines from the Zineopolis Collection

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Submitted 8 July 2019 (see separate output for the paper).

This paper explores examples of art zines that contain visual narratives about mental health. The author is the curator of Zineopolis (University of Portsmouth, UK) and specific examples will be drawn from this special collection of art zines. This paper questions how visual narratives about issues such as GAD (General Anxiety Disorder), Burnout and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) can communicate to a reader through art zines. It will consider authorial illustration within the self-publishing sector and how personal, private stories can been shared in an ultimately positive context. ‘Well-being’ has become a particular focus for higher education in the UK with many students struggling with issues such as anxiety and depression. Art zines have an immediacy and democracy of production that means many more voices can be heard and stories shared beyond what is available in the mainstream. Ethical issues of circulating these art zines within a special collection is also commented upon with reference to The Zine Librarians Code of Ethics (2015). Mental health issues have often been portrayed though the popular media unsympathetically creating stigma, whereas these selected art zines show care and understanding offering an alternative narrative.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2019
EventThe Seventeenth International Conference on Books, Publishing & Libraries - University of Granada, Granada, Spain
Duration: 5 Jul 2019 → …


ConferenceThe Seventeenth International Conference on Books, Publishing & Libraries
Period5/07/19 → …
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  • zines
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • self-publishing
  • art-zines

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