Disability Zine Project
Wellington Zinefest worked with local disabled creatives to make zines speaking on their experiences of disabilities in Aotearoa.
This project was overseen by longtime Wellington Zinefest collaborator Pinky Fang. Pinky helped our creatives to use zines to express their own unique perspectives on what it's like to be disabled in Aotearoa today.
This project was inspired by an article Pinky wrote for the Office for Disability Issues, where she rejects the idea that being told ‘You don’t look blind!’ is a compliment.
The Disability Zine Project aims to amplify the voices of disabled people and move towards adequate and fair representation, both at Wellington Zinefest and beyond.
This project is made possible with the support of Creative New Zealand.
[A blue and white illustrated graphic which reads ‘Disability Zine Project’. In the background there is a pattern made up of drawings of stylised eyes, ears, spines, brains and hearts.]
A zine of colourful digital collages and writing which explores the creator's experience of disability and struggle with the medical system.
[A graphic of colourful bandages and teddy bear and heart stickers. Colourful beads with letters on them spell out 'Good Treatment'.]
Ride the Wave
An illustrated zine documenting how the creator's world shifted following the onset of various conditions, and the ways she has managed since.
[A black and white drawing of a woman laying on a wave. Her legs are wrapped tightly around a pillow]
Anti-Vaxxers Want Me To Stay At Home
A collaborative zine edited by Pinky Fang which brings together illustrations, poetry, writing and comics by various disabled creatives. The zine explores how disabled and immunocompromised communities are impacted by the anti-vax, anti-mask and COVID denial movements.
[A collage featuring bubble wrap, a door and a person under bedcovers. Text reads 'Anti-vaxxers want me to stay home. The 'Stay Home' text is taken from an LED road sign.]
This is What a Disabled Body Looks Like
A zine combining poetry, quotes and watercolour portraits of the creator's disabled friends.
[A figure stands with their back to the viewer, arms outspread. They have a black dress and carry a bag with a moon pattern. There is a colourful watercolour background.]
Wainui's Low Vision Algorithm
A zine which uses algorithmic coding to demonstrate the choices people with low vision must navigate each day.
[Colourful computer text coding sits on top of a black background.]
Wainui (she/her) is a 25 year old Māori woman with low vision, working as a Software Developer. She is passionate about advocating for disabilities and accessibility and hopes to use her skills in the tech industry to create a more accessible world.
[Artist Profile picture of Wainui Witika-Park. She has long brown hair and is wearing a traditional Māori cloak made of blue satin and feathers.]
This is Not a Happy Zine
A zine exploring the interesections of disability, chronic pain, invisible illness and neurodivergence.
[A pink and grey collage featuring a packet of Panadol, an arm in a medical brace, headphones, a hot water bottle and mobility aid. ]
Inkedyoda (they/them) is a queer artist based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. They are a frequenter of Wellington zinefest, collage and jewelry maker, and chronic oversharer. They can been found making zines and digital art around their experiences as a neurodivergent, queer intersex person with a chronic illness.
[Artist profile of Inkedyoda. It is a stylised illustrated portrait with a dark green background. They are wearing glasses and have short hair.]
An illustrated zine documenting what it can be like living with chronic pain.
[A blue, black and red background is overlaid with handwritten text discussing the author's chonic pain. Over top of the text are two eyes with yellow crescent moon shapes for pupils.]
Liam (he/him) is 17 and attends Wellington East Girls' College. Liam loves music and plays the flute, loves baking bread and giving it to his friends. Liam has had chronic pain in his rib cage for seven years which makes it difficult and sometimes impossible to breathe and move. Painting, drawing, and music is a welcome way to work though the complex experiences he's been through.
[Artist profile picture of Liam Young. He is wearing glasses and is bopping heads with a ginger cat.]
I Don't Dream of Labour
A zine which explores what it's like living with endometriosis, and how to make a workplace more accessible for people with the condition.
[A purple and pink watercolour background with stamped letters discussing endometriosis.]
Rimu Bhooi (they/them) is a queer non-binary Indian person based in Pōneke. Rimu lives with Endometriosis and the many comorbidities that come with the condition. They study part time, as well as working as a writer, and as an advocate for marginalised communities.
[Artist profile picture of Rimu Bhooi. They are wearing red lipstick and have brown hair tied up.]
“This may feel true for every era, but I believe I am living in a time where disabled people are more visible than ever before. And yet while representation is exciting and important, it is not enough. I want and expect more. We all should expect more. We all deserve more.”