About the Zine
Wild Tongue celebrates intersectional feminist voices and is an opportunity to critique mainstream corporate feminism. Women writers are becoming increasingly popular, regularly topping best seller lists. And in Australia the Stella Prize is creating new opportunities and exposure for female writers. But what about women on the margins? Black, queer, intersectional, and underrepresented women who refuse to conform to conventional norms. Wild Tongue attempts to address these imbalances.
Wild Tongue Vol 1 features writings and artwork by Tanveer Ahmed, Tania Cañas, Adriano Bito,Tania Canas, Marisa Cornejo, Joanna Couvée, Dawn Iris Dangkomen, Nimini Fernando, Eleanor Jackson, Kaytsen Jama, Azja Kulpinska, Lian Low, Hope Mathumbu, Margaret Mayhew, Nicole Monks, Shauna Osborne, Kylie Supski, Vicky Tra, Sophie Utikal and Sista Zai Zanda.
Timmah Ball is an interdisciplinary artist of Ballardong Noongar descent, working across community arts and writing. She has written for Meajin, Overland, The Lifted Brow and the Griffith Review. Azja Kulpińska is a queer migrant from Poland currently based on the lands of the Kulin Nations. She is a Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner, zine-maker and producer, community arts worker, radio producer and writer.
WHY DID YOU START MAKING ZINES?
For me zine making is a radical form of writing because it doesn’t involve the editorial gaze. Too often editors don’t reflect the writers they are working with so crucial issues and content can be manipulated. Whether this is intentional or not it creates a set of norms and standards that unfairly favors certain types of writers.
Zine making allows the writer/maker to take control and assert their voice how they intended it to be! For this reason I believe it is one of the most radical and important forms of writing we have. There are a lot of POC, queer and intersectional feminist zines out there which is awesome. I will keep making zines as a way to rebel against the gate keepers of the mainstream industry.
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE OF THE COMMUNITY?
Melbourne has an amazing zine community. We are lucky to have Sticky Institute and the Annual Festival of the Photocopier which features the zine fair.
That said I think there is an amazing online community of zine makers as well. I’ve connected with First Nations artists in the US, women in Europe and Asia via Facebook to develop work. So if you can’t find a local community there are 1000’s of amazing zine makers globally who you can reach out to online.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE?
Just do it in your bedroom, write some notes on the train on the way home and get started. Don’t be daunted and self critical, reach out to different people so you can collaborate. I think the only barrier is if you decide to make a larger zine. Printing is unfortunately very expensive but that doesn’t mean that smaller zines aren’t valid and just as amazing!! So start small so there aren’t large expenses involved and take it from there. A zine can be one A4 piece of paper folded into 8! That’s all it takes write something amazing we all have really important stories to tell and zines are a vital way to express messages that mainstream publishing might not be ready for yet!