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Zines of the zone
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metamatic:taf is excited to host the project Zines of the Zone opening on Saturday 15 March at 14:00.

Zines of the zone is a mobile library dedicated to self-published photobooks, photozines, and any DIY printed matter related to photography. With the aim to create a European network and generate a public collection out of these alternative practices, a team has been travelling throughout Europe from the beginning of 2014 in order to collect and show books at the same time.

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.

These considerations brought forth the idea of creating a library – 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 these quite ephemeral objects: a place where the books continue to live, give inspiration, be manipulated. Considering self-publishing as a practice of its own, it deserves to be shared.

In order to realise this project a team has started a tour throughout Europe from January to June 2014, in order to meet people involved into the self-publishing scene: photographers, independent publishing houses, specialized bookshops, etc. In each city / step of the tour, a pop-up event is organised: showing the collected objects, and trying to collect new ones.

One can follow the tour through a blog, a «road diary», of the places visited and the people involved
http://blogznzn.tumblr.com/

Admission free

Opening: Saturday 15.03.14, 14.00
Duration: 15-16.03.2014
Opening hours: 12:00-24:00

For more information:
http://zinesofthezone.net/selfpublishing-mobile-library/

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