Strange Circulations: Artist-Driven Publications

29 Oct 2015
6 pm - 8 pm
The Galleries at Moore, 20th Street and The Parkway, Philadelphia


Gustavo Artigas, La feria del rebelde, La Panadería, 1994, installation view. Photo © Gustavo Artigas.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Strange Currencies, this discussion will explore the proliferation of (e)Zines, artists' books, artist-run presses, underground comix, and other small-circulation, self-published works from the 1990s to the present. Inspired by Mexico's rich history of underground artist publications, this discussion will examine how these works continue to influence contemporary media and graphic design, and provide important vehicles for information activism, alternative economies, and first-person narrative accounts.

Panelists include Alexis Salas, Luis Felipe Ortega, Carolyn Chernof, and Beth Heinly.

Funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Strange Currencies is the first exhibition to articulate a history for the unorthodox, artist-run spaces that emerged in Mexico City in the 1990s. The exhibition, accompanied by outside performances and a film program, includes artworks that have never before been shown outside of Mexico.