ROOT-ed Zine’s co-founders and collaborators, Amber Akaunu (she/her) and Fauziya Johnson (she/her), are artist-curators who established the magazine and social platform in 2017, with a commitment to supporting Black, Asian and People of Colour creatives that are from, or based in north west England.
The exhibition includes work by Yasmin Ali (she/her), Liverpool-based filmmaker and photographer; Hanna Gwynn (she/her), comic artist and illustrator based in Liverpool; Linnet Panashe Rubaya (she/her), Leeds-based figurative artist; and Simone Yasmin (she/her), Leeds-based writer, spoken word artist and vocal soul.
The exhibition also invites visitors to contribute to a free limited edition zine published towards the end of the show, amplifying the practices of more Northern artists and providing a platform for you to respond to the work on display. This will sit within a reading room alongside an archive of ROOT-ed Zines, dating back to 2018.
Through their practice of platforming, collaborating and archiving, ROOT-ed Zine hope to preserve their community knowledge in order to disrupt institutional cycles and make long-standing and authentic change.
ROOT-ed Zine: Retrospect, Reality, Reform is part of The Tetley Jerwood Commissions programme, supported by Jerwood Arts’ Development Programme Fund