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Japanese Zine Collection, 2005-2011 | University of Miami Special Collections

By Yvette Yurubi

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Title: Japanese Zine Collection, 2005-2011Add to your cart.

ID: ASM0703

Extent: 2.5 Linear Feet

Languages: English, Japanese


A collection of contemporary zines created by Japanese women as part of an exhibit entitled "Feminine," which was curated by  Tokyo's Zine's Mate and presented at the 2011 New York Art Book Fair. This archive was once part of the personal collection of Matt Wobensmith, who created the zine Outpunk and is known for being an avid zine collector and zine show curator.

The zines in this collection represent a wide array of genres, often utilizing photography, art, writing, and ephemera to create unique art pieces that are produced in limited quantities and locally distributed. They primarily showcase the viewpoints of modern Asian and Asian-American underground artists with such noted topics as fashion, sexuality, gender, travel, social issues, education, and self-expression. Written in both Japanese and English, many of the zines exhibit a heavy array of western influence, referencing popular western folklore, cinema, and pop culture as well as adopting western-inspired punk and alternative fashion. There is a spirit of freedom and unrestrained creativity that pervades this selection, captured by many crude sketches, both black and white and colorful, think pieces, and abstract drawings, all which serve to produce an intriguing snapshot of the growing art and zine movement in Japan in the 21st century.

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Japan - History
Japanese language

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Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation: Japanese Zine Collection, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Processing Information: Processed and translated by Yvette Yurubi, 2017.

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Folder 1: Inoue, Yoko - A RibbonAdd to your cart.
Subjects: Photography, abstract art.
Folder 2: Inoue, Yoko - A Ribbon (Red)Add to your cart.
Subjects: Photography, abstract art.
Folder 3: Katagiri, Yuka - Les Quatre Cents Coups, 2011Add to your cart.
Subjects: Abstract art, comics, animals, humor, anthropomorphism.
Folder 4: Kawai, Misaki - India SpecialAdd to your cart.
Subjects: Travel, abstract art, culture, India.
Folder 5: Kawai, Misaki - Nepali Special II / Tibet Special, 2011Add to your cart.
Subjects: Travel, abstract art, culture, Tibet, Nepal, commercialism.
Folder 6: Kawamoto, Shiroi - This is Idol, 2011Add to your cart.
Subjects: Photographs, cosplay, fashion, celebrities, pop culture.
Folder 7: Kawase, Tomoyo - Untitled, 2006Add to your cart.
Subjects: Abstract art, culture, watercolor, portraits.
Folder 8: Kawauichi, Rinko - Snowflake Twelfth, 2011Add to your cart.
Subjects: Photography, nature, plants, insects, outdoors.
Folder 9: Kihara, Sachiko - Still / On, 2009-2010Add to your cart.
Subjects: Abstract art, sketches, watercolor, nature.
Folder 10: Kitazuki, Hana - HanaAdd to your cart.
Subjects: Abstract art, graphic design, prints.
Folder 11: Kobayashi, Erika - iii vol. 1, 3, 5-9Add to your cart.
Subjects: Art, culture, travel, language, music, prose, environment, dance.
Folder 12: Koike, Junko - Hi-fuku (Clothing), 2011Add to your cart.
Subjects: Fashion, culture, cosplay, photography.
Folder 13: Koizumi, Rika - YonaYona (Night after night)Add to your cart.
Subjects: Body image, feminism/feminity, abstract art.
Folder 14: Kondo, Kayo - Untitled, 2010Add to your cart.
Subjects: Art, prose, sketches.

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