A zine is an independent, limited edition, non-commercial publication issued by a single person or a group of people; usually distributed in ‚the third circuit.’ It tends to express the views of a minority. Characterized by originality, freedom of thought, integrity of ideas and consistency in design, zines are often hand-made, while the most common duplicating technique used in their production is photocopying.
The first edition of the Szczecin Zine Fest is an international event accompanying the opening of the exhibition ’The Diplomats’ by Dimitri Karakostas and Sonia D’Argenzio, presented as the second edition of TRAFO PLUG IN: PROJECT ROOM. The event showcases the work of Polish and foreign zinesters, including examples from the Kostrzyn lithographic studio Meszuge, Graphic Design and Visual Communication students from the University of Arts in Poznań, local Szczecin artists as well as artists from abroad: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit, Toronto, and Quebec. The event will also feature a zine premiere – ‚Pomiędzy’ by Natalia Geissler, an artist who has been active on the local third circuit scene for over 20 years.
Aside from the desire to introduce the zine phenomenon to a wider audience, Szczecin Zine Fest aims to promote Polish and international alternative publishing scenes, to create a network of third circuit artists and to enable the presentation of works that otherwise would probably never have seen the light of day. Moreover, Szczecin Zine Fest attempts to revitalize the local community interested in the topic, those already involved in the creation of zines, limited-edition publishers and DIYs.