About the Zine
mình: the word mình has several applications in the Vietnamese language. It is used as I, you and we and also makes reference to the Vietnamese body; from the shoulders to the tailbone. The core of the Vietnamese body is not the heart, but the stomach. Volume ii speaks to vulnerability, skin, and being a ‘stranger at home’.
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Xen Nhà means ‘stranger at home’ is the artist persona of Phạm Phú Thanh Hằng. Their zines speak vulnerability through skin and skin through words.
*photo taken by R-Coo Tran*
WHY DID YOU START MAKING ZINES?
Growing up, my bà nội (paternal grandma) would make her own books and journals using old magazines (mostly national geographic and gardening ones). She was a primary school teacher back in Hội Ăn. I believe that my love for zine-making was somehow inspired by her. I’m inspired most by zines that are tactile and playful. I am a huge fan of Vănguard zine for its use of materials, content, and the way it is assembled and disseminated.
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE OF THE COMMUNITY?
Sticky Institute is certainly a hub for Melbourne zine makers. I actually find the zine community in Melbourne to be overwhelming and there are certainly strong cliques or types of zines (risograph) that are dominating the zine culture at the moment. The most nurturing zine community for me is online, particularly through tumblr. Zine fairs can be very overwhelming and finding zines online allow me to go at my own pace. In a funny way, I find the act of reaching out to zine-makers around the world via the internet more comforting than at a zine fair.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE?
I’m very much a visual and tactile writer and zine-maker so I would suggest thinking of how you relate to your zine. How would it smell? How would it feel? What is the texture you want your audience to experience? Also, be patient and allow yourself to rework, discard or shelf those ideas until you feel they are ready to see the light of day.
You got this.