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Edu Silva

CITYZINES COLLECTION

Exhibition of alternative publications for the dissemination of authors and works with a particular focus on Contemporary Photography related to Architecture, City and Territory

Curated by Pedro Leão Neto, Visual Spaces of Change


The cultural dinamization programme here presented arises from the collaboration between

the Visual Spaces of Change (VSC) project and Bienal de Fotografia do Porto Ciclo ’19. This

collaboration is crystallized through the operationalization of a curatorial project associated

with a set of activities that combine the universes of photography and editorial in two

complementary strands: (i) The exhibition of Contemporary Photography Projects (CPP)

communicated through the projection of video and photography in various public spaces of

collective use located in Porto’s Metropolitan Area (AMP), and (ii) Showcase of alternative

publications for the dissemination of authors and works that focus particularly on

Photography whose subject is Architecture, City and Territory.

This project is structured around an annual program designed to promote the publishing

world of alternative publications known as fanzines (zines), linked to the theme of the

city, i.e. focusing on the multifaceted richness of urban, architectural and visual culture

that characterizes these urban areas and their life experiences. The aim is to schedule

events and exhibitions, and to build a pioneering physical collection on this type of

publications that strategically punctuate our territory and that are, for the most part,

often forgotten or known only by a very particular audience. The specificity of this

project is counterbalanced by the range and diversity of its thematic universe:

architecture, public space, urban culture, drawing, photography and film. The project

Cityzines will thus help to create a space for debate and critical commentary, as well as

to encourage and promote the production and creation of cityzines at a national and

international levels.


The word Cityzines, the main motto of our project, is actually the combination of two

words: city + zines. Starting with the word that arouses more curiosity, zines (fanzines),

we are immediately led to wonder what the origin of this suffix is. Zine, in the English

language, can be understood as the abbreviated word to designate magazine, which in

turn has its origin in the arabic word makhazin - the plural of makhzan, meaning

warehouse - storehouse1. Already fanzine is the result of a combination of two words -

fan and magazine or zine - and is characterized for being an alternative publication

created by fans of a particular theme or cultural phenomenon.


The creation of Cityzines collection intends to strengthen and promote the study and

dissemination of author’s editions and other publications linked to the theme of

architecture, city and territory, where the image and photography are present in a

significant way, with a special interest and focus on the multifaceted richness of urban,

architectural and visual culture that characterizes the urban agglomerations and their

experiences. This collection started with a survey more focused on the Portuguese

context, but also integrates publications from other countries with a view to

internationalization of the project.


It is important to note that there are no clear boundaries separating the fanzine from an

artist book and this from a picture-book. Fanzines were also some points of departure

for amateur publications less often known prozines. In addition, it should be noted that

in many disciplines and art such as engineering, architecture, photography, this type of

alternative publications - zines, photo books, small magazine (Little Magazine) and

other similar - were responsible for influencing important currents of thought,

movements, and professional practices of many authors and institutional groups.


It was decided to start this collection focused on Documentary and Artistic Photography

related to Architecture, City and Territory.


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