SWAG ZINE Vol. 1, Issue 1
Karolina Albricht • Carolyn Blake • Anna Choutova • Carl Form • Farnaz Gholami • Gabriela Giroletti • Liam Mertens • Lindsey Mclean • Monica Perez Vega • Michal Raz • Julie-Ann Simpson • Sarah Tew
For the first issue of SWAG, 12 artists submitted an artwork which was then anonymously shared to another participating artist- who reciprocated a written response. The responses could take any form and range from essay, poetry, free-form and fiction.
Through the anonymous exchange of imagery and ideas, we get a look into the way artists think, imagine and make. Snapshots of stories, of moments and processes are revealed both through the imagery and through the reciprocated responses. By removing the person and context behind an image, we remove preconceived ideas or meaning and are forced to confront our own experiences and perspectives. Where do our stories intersect? Where do they diverge?
This past year has been one of isolation; of slowing down- for better or worse. At times, challenging to even process our own experiences let alone that of others. SWAG was formed as a way to push ourselves to connect when perhaps our environments and energies would wish to do otherwise.
'Octopus Legs,' by Hannah Campion. Paper, paint and staples.
Photo by Colin Davison