Marta Almeida Santos

Marta's zine was showcased at Wall of Women at the 2017 Singapore Art Book Fair.

Marta's zine was showcased at Wall of Women at the 2017 Singapore Art Book Fair.

Some people see zines as a weapon to fight or bring social issues to light. What’s the power of zine-making to you?
For me, zine-making is a wonderful way to freely manifest an idea, a movement or the simplest thought. For it's appealing and uncompromising look, zines are more easily picked up, leafed through and read.

As far as I'm concerned, zine-making is a tool of self validation – a way for me as a creative person with a set of ideals and ways to perceive the world I live in and to share with whom may be interested my opinion and set grounds for possible debate without the umbrella of institutional validation in a more honest, transparent and close way.

Can you describe the local zine community where you are?
Although filled with talent and unbelievable work, I think the Lisboneer zine scene is still scattered, quite underground and mainly reserved to illustrators and writers, as far as both the makers and the public are concerned. It is still a small and specific community. Some artists also adopt the artist book as a way to explore different dimensions of its work.

When did you come across your first zine? And what was it about? 
I came across the zine scene while travelling to other countries and searching for events and places related to graphic design and visual arts. I can't remember my first fanzine but I do remember being fascinated about the immediate and democratic way on which this sort of community operates. I quickly fell in love with the fact that you could share your work with your peers and encourage them to easily (and cheaply) acquire a publication (most of the times) entirely produced by them.


Zines are always seen as ‘experimental’, ‘influenced by pop or punk culture’ and ‘not dictated by trends'. How would you describe the zines you create?
My zines are mostly a way to show my collage, illustration work and my friends' (mainly the photographers) works. Although I rarely am a designer this days, visual arts and writing has always been a passion and a constant occupation.

Zines have become my way of creating an archive of my works from scratch (sometimes, from printing to binding)and share it with other people who are interested on the same subjects as I am. 

Do you think the Internet has re-shaped the zine culture?
I think that the Internet opened up the zine community to the public and helped people to better understand what exactly is the zine culture all about and its potential for any kind of artist as powerful sharing tool.

More about Marta Almeida Santos here. Recap the 2017 edition of Singapore Art Book Fair here.