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Colombian Zine collection

Identifier: MSS 571 large
Zines have long enabled individuals, and smaller communities of people, to express their desires, passions and points of view in a published format. Often limited in circulation, zines are targeted at a specific audience. Often associated with the underground music and counter-cultures, zines have become the format of choice for a number of independent artists and writers who seek an affordable and easily distributable means of self-expression. Zines are incredibly flexible, straddling both high and low-brow culture; lending itself to one or the other or both simultaneously. Clara-Iris Ramos' oversized De lo que no se puede hablar hay que callar uses supermarket receipts to reproduce one of Wittgenstein's most iconic passages from his early work with linguistics. Mosquita Muerta (of which volumes 1 and 2 are included in this collection) is an anonymously authored zine that illustrates the un-glamorous life—and death—of a housefly. Benkoz is a multi-volume, modern version of the life of Benkos Bioho—a runaway slave who was executed for walking into Cartagena—which imagines his re-birth in the modern day. Zines are not just convenient ways of representing philosophy, history or brief moments in everyday life. They are also imbued with a strong sense of political significance. Through zines, various political groups have been able to disseminate information about their causes and struggles. This collection also includes a number of leftist tracts which passionately describe the projects of South American anti-capitalists. Zines have made a lasting impact on print culture, and their prevalence in a world increasingly populated with digital materials only adds to their mystique. This collection provides a unique snapshot in to the arts and letters of Colombia in the current moment by going directly to the source: the artists and writers themselves.


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The collection is open for research.
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Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact MSU Libraries Special Collections.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was purchased from Libros Latinos in July 2015.

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Finding Aid for the Colombian Zine collection
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections Repository

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