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Virtual Exhibits

Here you can find our virtual exhibits, current and past, and access the materials that we highlighted through them.

Let's Talk About Zines!

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This exhibit dives into the history of alternative publishing and zines - highlighting the reasons behind needing an outlet for underrepresented and marginalized groups to have their voices heard. Through political and societal unrest mainstream outlets have often focused on more dominant narratives and zines, as well as other alternative publishing mechanisms, are a direct response to the need for other narratives to be heard.

What are Zines?

As our one of workshop presenters and zinester Rhonda Kauffman so aptly described them "zines (rhymes with “beans”) are independently published, photocopied, do-it-yourself publications that -- particularly during times of social/economic unrest -- provide an outlet for creative, emotional, and personal exploration." They offer a space for authors to creatively analyze society and create a community of practice for all voices, while encouraging new connections and creative networks among the disenfranchised.

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The history of zines has seen them utilized to tell the stories of and build community predominately for underrepresented groups. There have been large movements towards building spaces for BIPOC voices, feminist collectives, STEM professionals and students, LGBTQIA+ narratives, and more. There has also be a substantial focus on self care and mental health within zine culture and using these publications to destigmatize one's experience within society.

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A page from the zine In Balance / Imbalance

The Tradition of Alternative Publishing

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Zines are part of a long history of alternative publishing mechanisms. Sometimes these different forms of sharing of information can be considered as grey literature. Many times these forms of alternative publishing are created due to the exclusionary nature of more well known outlets, such as scholarly journals and popular news sources. This is done in order to distribute the necessary work and voices of communities that have been left out of mainstream representations. Other times alternative publishing can also serve as a way to offer different viewpoints of issues through other mediums. An example of this is Graphic Medicine (see more information in tab for "Graphic Medicine").

There has also been a push in much of academia, but especially the sciences, to make more work open access. This issue intersects with some of the reasons alternative publishing mechanisms were created in the first place. For instance, the UNM Digital Repository has scholarly works and alternative forms of publishing in an open access database - including a COVID Reflections section. Find more information on the UNM Repository and open access with the links listed below.

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As the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Exhibit Graphic Medicine defines it:

"Graphic medicine communicates the author’s personal experience of illness and health, as the art adds subjective, emotional impact. The author’s internal, individual viewpoint balances the external, clinical realm of medical symptoms and diagnoses. Additionally, for other patients who share that health issue, it’s a way to have company and share information."

Being able to share emotional and real discussions on navigating health issues, and the healthcare system, in a visual and personal way allows us to look at healthcare from a more humanistic lens.

Online Graphic Medicine Books at UNM HSLIC

By viewing the resources here you can get a more in-depth overview of zines. Though the oftentimes cited beginning of zines is from sci-fi fan magazines from the 1930s there is a long history of subversive publications, like pamphlets, that are connected to the evolution of zines. This includes work done by creators during the Harlem Renaissance. Much of how zines are created now can be traced to the Riot Grrrl Movement that began in the early 1990s and was grounded in the Punk scene and feminism.


Join us for the series Zines: Self-Care and Making Your Voice Heard. This is a 3 part series. You do not need to attend every session but you do need to register for every session you will be attending. Registration for each workshop is capped at 20 participants to allow for enhanced engagement.

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Virtual Zine Tour: The History and Tecniques of Zine DIY with Rhonda Kauffman

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Creating Empowering Mental Health Care Plans: From (A)dvance Directives to (Z)ines with Amanda Meeks

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Engaging Your Sense and Honoring Your Body Through Zine-Making with the Indigenous Honeys

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Bios of All Presenters/Creators

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  • Rhonda Kauffman (she/her) is the Metadata management librarian at University of Connecticut Library. As metadata management librarian, Rhonda manages metadata necessary for the discovery, access, and stewardship of UConn Library collections. Previously, she worked as metadata librarian at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and metadata/catalog librarian at Lehigh University. Her research interests include diversity, equity, and inclusion in library collections and technical services; and zine librarianship. She’s been making zines since the 1990s and likes to incorporate zines and zine ethos into librarianship whenever she can.
  • Amanda Meeks (she/they) is an interdisciplinary maker, artist, and librarian living in Tucson, AZ. Their work takes on various forms including zines, artist books, pins, painting, collage, letterpress, and a participatory social art practice. Their current Tucson-specific project, Outspokin’ & Bookish, is part pop-up feminist zine/art object collection and part playful, mobile (via bicycle) maker space focused on print media, which has evolved into a regional zine collective and exchange open to all during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Outspokin’ & Bookish mission includes cultivating social connectedness, sense of belonging, celebration of difference, and pride of place through sharing DIY publishing and print media-making practices and tools. In her free-time Amanda studies death care work, disability justice/mental health, and does some light gardening. Outspokin’ & Bookish, Tucson, AZ
  • Indigenous Honeys is Chantal Jung (she/they), Michelle Bernardino (she/they), Marina Perez (she/they) - an interdisciplinary arts collective dedicated to cultivating space for Indigenous zinesters, artists, writers, and storytellers. Our work centers the voices, experiences, realities, histories, perspectives and talents of Indigneous peoples. We have experience working as a small scale disto, supporting Indigenous artists from diverse geographical spaces. We are dedicated to promoting self-published material because we recognize self-publishing as an accessible and autonomous strategy that interrogates settler colonialism and capitalism. You can find them on Instagram.

Zine Creating Playlist

The organizers of each workshop put together this collaborative playlist of what they like to listen to when making zines/creating/writing. Listen while you create your own zine or even just explore this exhibit. Ideal on shuffle!

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