For many creatives, the national lockdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic have been a time of intense restlessness, pushing visual artists to get their creative fix in novel and often challenging ways.
Among them is artist and publisher Theo White, whose new, limited-edition art zine 6ft – a name derived from social distancing guidelines – is the fruit of his drive to create from within the isolated depths of lockdown. Published in a run of 500 copies, the zine is raising funds for the UKQTIBIPOC Emergency Relief & Hardship Fund.
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We Are Very Excited to reveal our cover *Ottawa Photographed By @ibkamara For (6FT) @6ftzine A Limited Edition Publication Featuring *Work Made During Quarantine And unpublished archive material* By Our Favourite Artists & Friends* With all proceeds going to the UKQTIBIPOC Emergency Relief & Hardship Fund @ukqtibipochardshipfund . £25 Shipped Worldwide. Printed Copies will be posted from June 19th. See an Exclusive preview of the publication online @britishvogue. Link in bio. Thank you. Designed By @weiprior & @sagewickings
“有趣的故事，我已经建立了这个形象在我脑海中的盖几个星期以来，我们做了拍摄，它只是没有工作如何我想象的，”怀特说。 “IB是我的好朋友，他已经开始了自己的摄影工作锁定在第一次尝试，所以我传递消息他* SOS *，他送这个形象，我马上就知道这是封面，因为它只是散发着黑魔法“。
The zine features an extensive range of contributors, such as photographers Martin Parr, Campbell Addy, Tim Walker, Liz Johnson Artur, Adama Jalloh and Ruth Ossai. Also featured are works by British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful (and his dog Ru), artist Matthew Stone and Andrew Thomas Huang, who has directed music videos for the likes of Björk and FKA twigs.
Alongside the wealth of artworks in 6ft are a handful of written features, including a conversation between Kamara and poet James Massiah. Elsewhere is a discussion between Campbell Addy and artist Ajamu, as well as poet, writer and activist Kai-Isaiah Jamal in conversation with DJ, producer and nightlife icon Ms. Carrie Stacks. There is also a section called Gifted + Black, a series of quickfire Q&As with figures from across the creative landscape reflecting on their experiences of lockdown.
“起初，我伸手给朋友和艺术家的作品我很佩服和项目那种只是从那里长大，”白说。 “我为我想要的贡献是有机的，所有这些惊人的艺术家的声音混搭撞在了一起，并在页面中团结没有发过一个简短或主题。 6英尺代表来自各民族，性行为和背景的艺术家们一个巨大的，集体的力量“。
“Growing up there were no queer references for me to relate to, so a film like Paris is Burning was very informative and monumental for me. Watching the film was really the first time I had seen Black queer people represented in all their light and freedom,” White reflects.
“I wanted to pay homage and my respects to all the iconic Black queens that have come before me and paved the way for us to be here today. I often think about the cast and what their lives would be like if they were alive today and the lasting impact they have left on the world.”
“As a Black gay man, I’ve always felt that there is a lack of real representation of Black queer life in the mainstream media. I feel things are slowly improving with more visibility and queer voices being amplified, but there is still much work to be done and that work starts within the community.”