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‘Hair’ is the first zine in the ‘Anxiety Trilogy’ of zines co-created by artists Diogo Duarte and Jessica Mitchell.
Duarte and Mitchell look into Diogo's decision to grow his hair during the first Covid-19 lockdown and together they try to make sense of the meaning of hair beyond keratin.
'Hair' explores what it's like for hair to be at odds with the world and observes Diogo's emergence from the chrysalis of self-conscious queerness.
The 'Anxiety triology' is published by SOUR PRESS, a free thinking publishing house created by Duarte and Mitchell.
24 pages, 160gsm paper (stapled)
Photography and drawing
Text in English
Published by SOUR PRESS
Published in June 2021
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’Sour-Puss: The Opera’ tells the sometimes fictional, sometimes emotionally biographical story of a woman grappling with her own sexuality and sense of self, created over a period of four years. Consisting of photographs and drawings, the project was born out of the unlikely friendship between the two collaborators - artists Diogo Duarte and Jessica Mitchell. The ’Sour-Puss’ is a character based on real-life Jessica and real-life Diogo, resulting in a composite of both collaborators’ life experiences.
With its nihilistic undertones, a sour looking woman seems to be consumed within her own private rituals and absorbed in contemplation of her own body, so much so that sometimes it’s as though she fails to imagine anything exists beyond herself. In the series, ‘Sour-Puss’ borrows Jessica’s body and face to take us on a literal and metaphorical journey that is fundamentally marked by shaming, isolation, staining and an absurdist search for meaning and connection.
The photographs and the drawings remind us of the escapist journey a person might take, in desperate pursuit to break free from the quotidian, the ‘normal’, the expected, so that they can at last catch a glimpse of who they might really be.
Photography, Drawings and Words by Diogo Duarte and Jessica Mitchell
Essay by Anna McNay
Text in English
Dimensions: 165 x 220 mm, 148 pages
Published by GOST Books in December 2021
(NOT FOR SALE / PDF available here)
'Birth' zine – edited and published by SOUR PRESS – is the first virus-wipeable and laminated zine by artistic duo Diogo Duarte and Jessica Mitchell. As an object made for sharing, not selling, it is a single edition zine that is international, always travelling and always looking for new places to be read and enjoyed.
Born in a time of sterility and out of its creators' long term collaboration and friendship, ‘Birth’ dwells on creation and destruction and attempts to create meaning when perhaps there is none? It is an experiment in anti-materialism as much as it is an opportunity to spin an ephemeral web of meaning making.
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52 pages, Laminated
Photographs and drawings
Published by SOUR PRESS in December 2020
BOYS BOYS BOYS!
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BOYS! BOYS! BOYS! – edited by Ghislain Pascal, co-founder of The Little Black Gallery – presents a contemporary collection of queer and gay photography, full of variety, power and intensity. Featuring images from queer and gay photographers from more than 20 countries in a stunning celebration of queer and fine art. All royalties to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
24 x 19.5 cm
224 pages, Hardcover
ca. 130 color and b/w photographs
Text in English
Published by teNeues / MENDO
Published in April 2020