Who are you? Where do you come from? What zine do you make?
Jamie Oliveira is a nomadic poet, artist, and activist from San Francisco. She is the author of the photo book (more than) dust, which challenges the harmful treatment of femmes through the direct confrontation of statements that have been said to them. She also has two collections of art and poetry (The Calming and In Passing), which both explore grief, healing, and mysticism. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, BUST Magazine, Hello Giggles, and more, as well as in art spaces and film festivals around the world.
What would you like people to know about the zines you create and/or why you are looking forward to tabling at Phx Zine Fest 2016?
Written while in travel and in transition, The Calming evokes the feeling of roads, trains, new environments, and new sensations as the dialogue between the inner world and the external world approach communion. Oliveira’s work is often existential, sometimes questioning, sometimes resolving, but always with feeling. Threads of old grief and contented detachment accompany honest, naked illustrations and prose, weaving together a collection on the border between the ascetic contemplations of a mystic and the vulnerable confessions of a woman who dreams and loves. (more than) dust. is a photo book that challenges the harmful treatment of cis women, trans women, and nonbinary people through the direct confrontation of statements that have been said to them. These windows of experience mirror the invalidation, minimization, misogyny, and abuse that permeate our interpersonal spaces. The photographs deconstruct the normalization of harmful treatment by fostering a relationship with the context, emotions, and stigmas associated with each statement. By sharing these experiences, we are speaking up about treatment that we are so often expected to tolerate, ignore, and remain silent about. After sharing my own experiences with toxic relationships, and recognizing the tremendous growth that took place during that process, this project has gradually evolved into this platform for others to share. The cathartic act of revealing the internalized in such a vulnerable way serves to heal the disparaging ways we communicate with one another. in passing. is a collection of art and poetry that brings the often isolating experiences of ache and reflection into fruition. This work chronicles the internal journey through relationship, grief, and transformation in one person’s process of becoming.
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Thank you for being.