by Mia Van den Bos, written for Vaein zine
During this festival season Adelaide has been introduced to a new contender for cultural attention-span: Grid Festival. Grid is a collaborative visual art festival which brings together Adelaide’s artist-run galleries to promote the works of emerging and…
Some of the extremely talented and wonderful work made by @chloemcgregor for issue 2. We’re aiming for something a little more robotic for the next issue. Do you have any ideas? Pitches? Collaborations? We’d love to hear them!
I forgot to post about this however long ago it was. But when the first printing of vaein zine #2 came out it received a really good review and I did a few interviews about it! At the time I was feeling like I should be retreating from talking about my work and being proud about it - that I should learn more about letting the work speak for itself unless I was explicitly asked. Now I know that’s just an attitude of my social environment and the constraints people have placed on me as well as things I have internalised about being queer. There’s no more shame and no more hyper-humility going on here. I put a lot of work into this. It was, perhaps, one of the most comprehensive zines or publications in general that focused on LGBT people and their art/work in South Australia, ever. I am being ballsy by showcasing both my work and my friends work so vulnerably to the world. I needed this to keep me focused and busy during a dark time.
I will do another pressing…and issue 3 is in the works.
I refuse to apologise for myself and for the amazing people I know that face discrimination everyday and that feel unwanted in creative spaces. I am allowing myself to be proud of even the small things we all achieve in capitalist heteropatriarchy : ) goodbye.
The review is on the fivethousand: http://thethousands.com.au/adelaide/read/vaein-zine-issue-2
and you can read my two interviews here:
if you are inclined to support a non-existent scene in Adelaide and those still struggling to find a voice despite the crushing weight of expectation and derision, spread this around as much as you can.
(also all my love to my best friends and sisters coolgirlwithcoolblog and bitchfriction, who are credited here as co-editors for their superb support and creative insight throughout this whole thing. It was valuable! It was life affirming! Go awff!!)
Photography: Mariah Anzil
Make-up: Yassmin Abdo
Hair: Debbie Grammatopoulous
Stylist and creative director: Natasha Kendal-Eve and Jonno Revanche
My piece as part of the @midnightsnackcommittee + #vaeinzine collaboration // Angela Schilling shot by me, printed on to fabric and embroidered over. Make sure you grab a copy of the zine! #embroidery #crafttalk #adelaide
I recently photographed Nicole Goodes and Jack Ware for the Vaein - Photographers Edition. I have put up all of the photos from the shoot.
😘 available on Monday. Sorry for the wait 😔 Printing was rough so it’ll probably be $20 so I can get funds to print a bunch more. I know it’s more than your regular zine but it’s four times as big and there’s obviously no ads. 😇