Norwegian Mini Zines

Grafill R21 Utstilling
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Norwegian Mini Zines stiller ut over 100 mini zines av 100 norske illustratører, i tillegg til 700 mini zines av tilsvarende kinesiske illustratører. Utstillingen åpner under Oslo Kulturnatt, fredag 13. september.

En mini zine er en liten håndlaget kunstbok, som kan passe i en håndflate. Prosjektet er et samarbeid mellom Northing og Bananafish, og har allerede vært på turne i flere byer i Kina, London og Porto. Norwegian Mini Zines skal nå også på turne i Norge, og første stopp er Oslo og Grafill R21.

Northing og Bananafish vil holde et kort foredrag under åpningen av utstillingen, klokka 19.00.

Utstillingen står til 6. oktober.

Velkommen!

Fredag 13. september
Klokka 18.00
Grafill R21, Rosenkrantz gate 21, Oslo

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Program Oslo Kulturnatt 2019

More about Mini Zine
100 Norwegian Mini Zines project might be the first time where so many Norwegian artists worked together for a collaboration project between Norway and China. All Mini Zines were collected in Norway through invitation and open call by Northing, and riso-printed and hand packed by Bananafish Books in Shanghai. Now we start our Mini Zine City Tour in Norway which features both the 100 Norwegian Mini Zines and 700+ Chinese Mini Zines that have been touring to more than 20 cities around the world, including London and Porto.

A Mini Zine is a palm-sized, flash fiction, handmade artist books. It’s got many lovely names and monikers like little monster zines, micro books, Mame-hon (Japanese: bean-books), etc. Inspired during a trip to Japan, Bananafish initiated an art project adapting the concept of this book format, in order to offer new experience of reading on paper and stimulate communication between the bookmakers and the readers. The series of Mini Zines Bananafish produced are characterized of it’s super concentrated but rich contents, delicate quality of paper craft, and the bearable lightness both for the hands and the mind.

Exhibition Talk
Wei Guan from Shanghai will present the mission and ambition of Bananafish and UNFOLD Shanghai Art Book Fair, and the Mini Zines which travel around the world with them. Bananafish and Northing will share the story of their joint adventure of making the Norwegian Mini Zine collection.

About Northing
Founded by architect Ben Wenhou Yu and designer Yilei Wang in Bergen, Norway, Northing is a multi-functional organisation with a focus on publication, design, cultural events and cross-cultural communication. Based in Bergen, Norway and with an Asian cultural background, Northing is dedicated to promoting Norwegian culture among artists and designers to China and the other way round.

About Bananafish Books
Bananafish Books is an art book publisher and project-oriented space based in Shanghai, founded by designers Qing Zhou and Wei Guan. For years, Bananafish constantly advocated for the culture of independent publishing and risograph in China, and is also the organizer of UNFOLD Shanghai Art Book Fair.