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Amateur Pursuits

Exhibition showcases the world of fanzines, but be prepared to dig deep into your pockets

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For Gen-Xers and the whole crew born before them, the internet obviously wasn't an available platform for broadcasting self-indulgent thoughts, nor was mediocre smartphone photography a tool for publicising their lives the way it is for today's young generation. Nevertheless, people who weren't literary luminaries or sought-after artists still expressed themselves, and did so through fanzines _ "zines" for short. 

A term used to describe unprofessional magazines, these amateur pursuits were easily made using photocopy machines back in the day _ thus giving complete immediacy and freedom regarding creativity to the creator.

Since 1970, zines have been the subject of substantial exhibitions organised by artists and figures in the creative fields in New York. Decades later, ubies, an international network of creatives which started in Japan, brought the idea over to this part of the world.

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