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Shape & Situate *7

Shape & Situate *7

Shape & Situate: Posters Of Inspirational Women in Europe, the last ever issue!

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‘Shape & Situate: Posters Of Inspirational Women in Europe’ is a zine made up of posters made by artists and DIY creative people. 
The posters feature artwork and information on an inspirational or radical European women of the poster maker’s choosing. The aim has been to highlight the (often hidden) history and lives of radical inspirational women and collectives from Europe, as a way of connecting us with the past and the present through a cultural articulation of these women’s lives.a
 
Born as a result of an appreciation of radical poster projects from the USA, such as Celebrate People’s History and Inspired Agitators, the zine provides a European perspective of women who have acted in inspirational ways, providing knowledge on - and recognising and celebrating - these radical women’s lives and actions. Women who have acted as organisers, activists, pioneers, educators, or role models, from a wide range of disciplines.


  There’s no life that does not contribute to our collective history, yet conventional history books show us that it’s rare for women’s lives to be documented as readily as men’s, especially women in more underground, domestic, or radical spheres. I hate to think that in years to come it’ll only be the ‘elite’ people on the top of the pile who’re remembered, creating a void and mass forgetting of the great work and lives of so many people within our social, cultural and political makeup, communities, and lives. Women such as those who are collected in the zine (and many, many more besides) are important to our collective history, women who have helped shape and situate our lives whether we know it or not. 
I wanted to try and make a zine to honour and celebrate and inform others on some of these women. The zine aims to activate feminist cultural memory, to inspire in the present, and to visually bring women’s social and political history to life and into view.
It is important to consider and question just who traditional/hegemonic history ‘remembers’, whom it suppresses, and why this may be. And important too to counter such narrow practice with culturally resistive, artistic and creative, grassroots memorial projects of our own, such as this one
 

Shape & Situate: Posters Of Inspirational Women in Europe #7.

In a nutshell, Shape & Situate is a zine of posters made by artists and DIY creative folk, each poster highlighting the (often hidden) history and lives of radical inspirational women and collectives from Europe. 
The zine aims to activate feminist cultural memory, inspire, and to visually bring women’s social and political history to life and into view.

This is the final issue of Shape & Situate.

This issue features 31 black and white posters of women who have acted as organisers, activists, agitators, pioneers, educators, or role models, from a wide range of disciplines including: science, nursing, music, activism, politics, wrestling, socialism, writing, comedy, art, film, diy culture, television, photography, street art, theatre, performance art, print, environmental activism, zine culture and beyond.

The zine is 48 pages long, and contains a list of further reading and links to other people's history and social change projects.

Posters vary in style and technique, including ones made by illustration, digital illustration, photography, and collage.

Contributors in this issue who have created the amazing posters telling important life stories: Jacky Fleming, Julie Gough, John Bishop, Kate Evans, Elly Kingdon, Isobel Reddington, Merrick Badger, Nina, Kay Hyatt, Ben Cooney, Adele Twohig, Grace Denton, Zara Gardner, Stef Bradley, Sarah Thomasin, Clara Heathcock, Rachael House, Chella Quint, Laura Cook, Lindsay, Clare McCormack, Gladys Badhands, Jay Bernard, Seleena Laverne Daye, Rachel Kaye, Elodie G, Lucy Russell, Charlotte Richardson Andrews, Erica Smith.

Women documented in this issue: Emmy Noether, Irena Sendler, Siouxsie Sioux, Rosa Luxemburg, Fanny Deakin, Sue Brittian, Mary Gawthorpe, Renee Van Mechelen, Jess Thom, Remedios Varo, Mary Kenney, Clio Barnard, Kashink, Vera Chytilova, Roz Kaveney, Karren Ablaze, Erica Smith, Verity Lambert, Frankie Green, Margaret & Frances Macdonald, Caroline Leneghan, Anonymous, Madame Yevonde, Bernadine Evaristo, Selina Thompson, The Women of Yarls Wood, Agnès Varda, See Red, Hannah Arendt, Sigridur Tomasdottir, The GIrlfrenzy Crew.

(2015)
A5 sized zine
48 pages (31 posters)
Black and white throughout.

Riso printed on recycled 100gsm paper. Covers printed on 170gsm card.

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