Opening Up the Paper Cuts Collection: Creating, Distributing and Archiving Zines

Imin Yeh
GenderFail Archive
Aurora Diaz / the bettys, Chapbook
Et puis je suis allé à full metal. (front) Paul Moreno

Event Info

Opening Up the Paper Cuts Collection is a series of three discussions between creators whose publications are featured in the Paper Cuts Zine Collection, now housed at the Center for Book Arts.  Each event explores a different area of the Collection’s focus and builds connections between creators within the expansive contemporary small press community. 

In advance of each event, publication documentation and previous podcast recordings featuring our panel participants will be made available on the CBA website.  The event pages will offer deeper context of the artists’ practices as well as provide a greater insight into the new collection.  

Paper Cuts was founded as a podcast in 2015 by Christopher Kardambikis and in 2019 Jennifer Lillis joined as co-producer. 

About the Panel

This conversation, moderated by George Mason University’s Art History Librarian, Stephanie Grimm, will elaborate on the ways zine publishing can be considered an agent of archive. The panelists will also discuss how the zine production can redefine operatives of an archive and redefine operatives of an archive and simultaneously uncover and document narratives. 

Note: Center for Book Arts will hold this event entirely online. A Zoom link will be sent in an email to all registrants.

Podcast Recordings, hosted by Christopher Kardambikis:

Interview with Be Oakley of GenderFail

Interview co-hosted by Jennifer Lillis, with Aurora Diaz of the bettys

Interview with Imi Yeh

About the Curator

Christopher Kardambikis explores space, process, and narrative through books, prints, and drawings. A bibliophile and zinester, Christopher founded Paper Cuts, a podcast and publishing platform that documents the contemporary world of zines and artist publications, as an excuse to talk to people about the books they make. He received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and MFA from the University of California, San Diego. In the fall of 2016, Christopher joined the faculty at George Mason University as an Assistant Professor and the Director of Navigation Press.

About Paper Cuts

Paper Cuts is multi-faceted effort to document contemporary publishing practices. It is a podcast, a publishing platform, and a growing collection of zines, artist books, prints, and publications.

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