Launched during the opening of “MNLxVIE Equality Fest 2019: LGBTQIA+ Greatness in the Arts,” Nasaan Ang Katawan?, a zine on becoming gendered, was read and tackled at the Kwago Book Bar on the night of 29 June.
The zine was partially funded by the Embassy of Austria, and it is edited, produced and published by Comma, a publishing and curatorial platform founded by writer and Kwago founder Czyka Tumaliuan and poet-curator Roy Voragen.
There were readings, presentations, performances and cocktails at Kwago Book Bar to gather and exchange experiences, thoughts and ideas on queerness, the body, voice, desire, transgression and othering.
The contributions to the zine are wide-ranging — poetry, photography, illustrations and essays. Contributors presented and shared ideas and stories behind their works. Kwago offers a safe space to share critical ideas and personal stories. Each zine comes with an eraser so you could erase and re-write the preface if you wish to.
Contributors include Christian Tablazon, John Iremil Teodoro, Nic Castaneda, Mark Dimaisip, Electromilk, Denver Garza, Czyka Tumaliuan, Roy Voragen, Kristoffer Ardeña, Isola Rosa, Carlo Paulo Pacolor, Czar Kristoff, Christine Chung, Ralph Eva and Andrei Venal. Design and layout is by Vanilla Acuran and art direction by Tumaliuan.
The zine was published in a limited edition of 100, available for P250 each.
Kwago Book Bar is at Warehouse 8-A, La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Don Chino Roces, Makati City.
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