Join us in the panel room of the Phx Zine Fest 2:00 - 2:45 for Marginalized Exchange: a Discussion on Social Inclusion with Eunique Yazzie, Damon Begay, Shela Yu, Trejon Dunkley, and Brandon Meged.
This is a themed panel discussion between artists from marginalized backgrounds, within the zine community, moderated by Eunique Yazzie. We will discuss how exclusion occurs when people are systematically prevented from taking part in society. We will question the meaning of democracy and redefine it as the opportunity to exercise choice. We will focus on how this panel has learned to own that responsibility of being co-authors and co-creators in the unconventional democratic system we live in. We will talk about how racism, sexism, disenfranchisement, homophobia and colorism can affect that expression.
Eunique Yazzie (Moderator):
EUNIQUE YAZZIE (AKA Creative Ninja) grew up in in Rapid City SD and the Navajo Nation in Chinle, Arizona where she developed a passion for design from her family, school, and community. She earned her bachelor’s degree in visual communication in 2003 and has had the opportunity to build a career of creative influence, graphic inspiration, advanced digital design and broad media communication. Her creativity ranges from illustrations and mural design to community engagement projects; as well as branding and identity experiences; she is also a Mujeres del Sol founding artist, poet and storyteller.
Her work has been displayed at the 1Spot Gallery, Heard Museum, 6th Avenue Gallery in Phoenix, and the Navajo Nation Fine Arts Museum. She continues to share her experiences in various platforms for organizations like Emerging Arts Leaders PHX, Phoenix Indian Center, Center for Neighborhood Leadership, SmokeFire Media, Tempe Center of the Arts, City of Tempe, City of Phoenix, ASU Performance in the Borderlands, and various annual festivals. As a business owner of euniQue LLC, she has been able to diversify concepts and creative strategies to create impact. Among her endeavors working for Arizona State University and Arizona Republic Media, she has kept her passion for the Native American market. Her insight uses the principles of storytelling, weaving together “the details” and “technical discovery” with “problem-solution ideals”, ever ready to suggest multiple ideas with actionable steps to achieve goals in developing functional cultural design.
I am 25-year-old Navajo in Phoenix. I spent most of my childhood growing up in Gallup, New Mexico. I was into lots of nerdy things like playing Yu-Gi-Oh, video games and cartoons. Around twelve my mom moved us to Phoenix and that’s where I’ve been for the past thirteen years. I hated that we moved away from my friends and family but I learned that Phoenix had comic bookstores and public libraries with internet and more comics. Once I was in high school got into comics like Spider-Man and Runaways. I liked comics about teens and Marvel did it best. Later I discovered indie comics like Teenagers From Mars, Too Much Coffee man and Box office poison. I loved the weird art and stories because they were not polished like Marvel or DC book.
I was always drawing but was never serious about getting better until my junior year of high school. A friend and I started making our own comics. We would draw on these giant sheets of paper our teacher gave us because she knew we liked to draw, and then we’d take the paper to Office Max and have them scan and format the comics for us. I would drop off my comics at local comic shops so people could take them and read them for free. Slowly I started to get better at drawing and designing my own books. I still print, fold and staple my own books to sell.
Shela was born and raised in Arizona. As an artist, dancer, and music maker, she often works with themes around being an Asian American, specifically of the southwest. Growing up without role models she could identify with, created a disconnect in her identity. Thus, she continues to develop artistically so that she can become the role model she never had by finding her own voice, uncovering the past, and paving the way for a new future. Her favorite work is done in collaboration with other artists, dancers, and music makers. You can see more of her work and daily doings via instagram @lovethyshell.
Trejon Dunkley is an actress, writer and comedian hailing from Tempe, Arizona. She hosts the Grand Ave Pizza Open Mic, and Great Exposure, a monthly show where comedians strip down to raise money for the Sojourner Center. She is editor-in-chief of “Fist at Ten”, a collaborative zine about surviving life post- speech and debate. You can catch her on the upcoming sitcom “Buddies”, premiering on the U.S. Weed Channel. When she’s not working, she is trying to live a life that will trick her niece into thinking she’s cool.
Brandon Meged is a Chicano and Lakota artist, born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. His work is largely influenced by the traditions of visionary and outsider art, underground and alternative comics, and proletarian agitprop.