1
Nooit meer alleen,
Ephameron


Kunstenbibliotheek
De Krook
2
Pendan que le loup n'y est pas,
Valentine Gallardo @ Mathilde Van Gheluwe


Muntpunt
3
Noem Me Nathan,
Catherine Castro & Quentin Zuttion


Muntpunt
4
Ghost World,
Daniel Clowes
1997 hier kan extra info

Kunstenbibliotheek
De Krook
5
Dirty Plotte,
Julie Doucet
2018

Muntpunt
6
Droom van een klein meisje dat karmelietes wilde worden,
Max Ernst
1929

De Krook
Muntpunt
7
Panter,
Brecht Evens
2014

Kunstenbibliotheek
De Krook
Muntpunt
8
Pretending is lying,
Dominique Goblet


Kunstenbibliotheek
De Krook
Muntpunt
9
Love that bunch,
Aline Kominsky-Crumb
2018

Kunstenbibliotheek
10
Quoi de plus normal qu'infliger la vier?,
Oriane Lassus
Personal library, available on request

11
Exit Wounds,
Rutu Modan
2017

Kunstenbibliotheek
12
Blue,
Kiriko Nananan
1997

De Krook
13
Leveb? of Theater?,
Charlotte Salomon
1943

Kunstenbibliotheek
De Krook
Muntpunt
14
Persepolis,
Marjane Satrapi
2007

Kunstenbibliotheek
De Krook
15
Een boek waarmee men vrienden maakt,
Lukas Verstraete
2017


Muntpunt

(NOT)
ANOTHER
READING GROUP

COMICS,
ZINES &
FEMININITY



Introduction
Practical
Subthemes
Growth
Poetics
Roles & clichés
Sublimation
Connections
The Feminine
Fear & challenges
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COMICS,
ZINES &
FEMININITY


Introduction

In recent years several forms of feminism have flared up and found a broader audience. Questions concerning gender, female positions and womanhood come with various contexts and discourses. How is femininity represented, discussed about and focused upon within zines, comics and graphic novels? What does this teach us? We are curious to see how a low-key comics and zines reading club, a few workshops and a handful of lectures could stimulate and direct us in our various practices. Whether you are an artist, student, researcher, (avid) reader, or just mildly interested, you are very welcome to join the reading club in whichever language you prefer.

 

We will approach the subject of femininity through 7 subthemes: growth, poetics, roles & clichés, sublimation, connections, the Feminine, and fear & challenges. Each subtheme will have its own reading group and will function (mostly) independently, meeting at your own convenience. Throughout the year we will host several events where all the groups can read together, browse through personal zine archives, chat and discuss ideas over a drink, attend a workshop, or just hang back and enjoy the atmosphere. At the end of the year, we hope to bring together all the reading groups once more to share


Practical

You are welcome to join one of the 7 thematic reading groups: growth, poetics, roles & clichés, sublimation, connections, the Feminine, and fear & challenges. When, where and how often you come together is up to you as a group to decide.

Some thoughts:

 

You don’t have to read the same books at the same time. You can, but you don’t have to.

 

The reading lists are only indicative; please feel free to bring books and zines from your personal collections.

 

If it feels good, you can share your personal work (writing, art, music, anything!) with your group.


Growth

Growths within but also growths without. Changes outside and inside – one’s mind, one’s body, one’s gender, sexuality, subjectivity or social surroundings. Subtly or more explicitly, these books tackle issues that deal with major or minor evolutions, often on the threshold of what’s conceived as internal and external, but also blurring these boundaries. We are speaking of pregnancies or the renouncement thereof, recounting girls becoming adults (whether woman, man or otherwise), characters overcoming trauma and people growing out of hardships.


growth – (not) another reading group
Poetics

These are books that venture into other ways of telling, other ways of showing. Does the crossing of graphic storytelling with the specifics of femininity entice a palpable écriture feminine in the verbo-visual field? Or do these topics and tonalities  function poetically in more implicit ways within the boundaries of comics as we know them?

 

Whether they subtly subvert from inside out or markedly express themselves ‘otherwise’, these authors are worth a closer look.


poetics – (not) another reading group
Roles & clichés

From the stereotyped comics housewives over the many (over)liberating wonder-women up to the current rich panorama of diverse roles and characters, past and present, within the broad field of comics, zines and graphic novels: from funny to tragic and back, here’s a wild variety of feminine figurations.


roles & clichés – (not) another reading group
Sublimation

How to express the unutterable, how to show and tell what is barely of the order of language, of vision – what is felt, sensed, supposed, silently thought of, whispered? What to say about what is loud and very present, traumatic even, but cannot easily be put in words and images and nonetheless needs to be told, remembered, re-arranged? This selection proposes several examples of fine sublimation, focusses upon ways of rendering beyond the obvious and the repeated necessity of it.


sublimation – (not) another reading group
Connections

Graphic literature no longer limits itself to brave heroics of main (male) characters in a hostile world: since decades now comics, zines and graphic novels explore the everyday, the intimate, the autobiographical but also venture into displaying the many types of bonds between people, animals, things or thoughts and feelings. Telling in pictures no longer confines itself to who-does-what (and when) but portrays how characters relate to each other, their surroundings and their inner worlds: how people interact, share, struggle, connect.


connections – (not) another reading group
The Feminine

At the core of our project resides a question mark we call ‘femininity’: not an easily describable aspect, and one that very much risks to be to swiftly marketed and sold out these days but nonetheless is put into perspective with more boldness than ever before. ‘The Feminine’ takes on many forms in subsequent titles, from the most activist feminism to the barely-definable-as-such. Can we tackle as a topic what often prefers to avoid such definition?


the feminine – (not) another reading group
Fear & challenges

Putting forward female authorships or questions regarding feminine positions, situations, subjectivities… Often deal with tangible fears and less conscious uncertainties that are related to these relatively recent movements and evolutions, or simply go beyond it. At the same time, the shift toward the feminine within comics, graphic novels and zines raises new challenges, positive ones and more negative ones, whether they are treated as such within the works or in the paratexts surrounding them, e.g. in interviews with the makers or in the way these creations are presented and promoted


fear & challenges
Upcoming Events

30.09.2021 / 19–22:00
BoeckHerBerg x (not) another reading group

Come and have a drink and browse through the personal archives of 10 artists, makers, thinkers. Launch of (not) another reading group and presentation of the research project.

 

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BOEKS, Kunstenbibliotheek,
Godshuizenlaan 2A, 9000 Gent

17.10.2021 / 14–17:00
Reading together #1 with De Koer resident Azam Masoumzadeh
Reading Together is a Sunday afternoon of browsing and reading through a selection of hard-to-find zines, comics and graphic novels. You are welcome to join us for a coffee or tea, have a chat, meet up with your reading group, or just read in silence and enjoy the atmosphere.
 
De Koer Resident Azam Masoumzadeh will join us to have an informal conversation about her project ‘An archive of imaginary conversations between distant neighbourhoods’, and will tell us about the books that inspire her work.
Boekhandel Limerick, Kon. Elisabethlaan 142,
9000 Gent

09.11.2021 / 18–20:00
Working Together #1: Zine Club with Martha Verschaffel

Martha Verschaffel hosts a Zine Club, a weekly get-together for anyone who loves drawing, writing, cutting and pasting. Let your creativity roam free and create your very own zines.

 

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Muntpunt, Munt 6,
1000 Brussel

12.12.2021 / 14–17:00
Reading together #2

Browse through a selection of hard-to-find zines and artist publications.

Boekhandel Limerick, Kon. Elisabethlaan 142,
9000 Gent