EUROPE Europe is an incomplete, weak and defective political project. But then you discover that a library is traveling across the old continent to promote independent photographic publications, edited by young Europeans. So you see again how politics is lagging behind culture and social networking, but you also see the another way our society is spontaneously evolving… And not only on the web.
ZINES OF THE ZONE (ZNZN) is a traveling library dedicated to the photographic self-publishing, from zines to books to any other type of DIY (Do It Yourself) project connected to the world of photography. It’s library wandering through Europe to meet photographers, independent publishing houses, bookstores and fans.
The project comes from an idea by Julie HASCOËT & Guillaume THIRIET, founders of the Mutinerie Association, based in Nantes (France). From this city, indeed, the library has “left” on 17th January 2014 with the launch event ZINES OF THE ZONE EVENT #00.
The ZNZN online library or zines collection gets richer along the way: each event, in addition to the zines presentation in the company of beer and DJ sets, in special places such as art galleries, is also an opportunity to gather new material. Anyone who has a photographic editorial product with a print run of more than 10 copies, is invited to bring it: the collected material will follow the European tour until the end of July and will become part of the library collection!
ZNZN: We travel across Europe in order to share talks, beers, and self-published photozines.
DESCRIPTION: This project is a travelling library focused on photozines, self-published photobooks, and any other DIY printed matter. The idea is to create a European network and generate a public collection out of these alternative practices. From January to July 2014, we will be travelling throughout Europe in order to collect and show books at the same time. In each city of the tour, an event is organized (book exhibition, talks, workshops, etc). There, we will meet people (authors, publishers, book-lovers), integrate new books, present our project and show the growing collection.
SUPPORTERS: the European Commission (Youth in Action Programme), Ville de Nantes and Région Pays de la Loire.
TEAM: Julie Hascoët & Guillaume Thiriet (founders and creators), Basile Peyrade, Sergej Vutuc, Eva Gonçalves, David Pohardy, Enrico Floriddia, Pierre Boulonne.