New Seoul-based zine offers platform for female artists

Virginia Woolf’s writing table. Sussex, 1965.

What has always interested me in Korea is the alternative forms of art. While the mainstream media rules the markets all around the world, it is the alternative art, music and cinema of a country which push the envelope and experiment and bring in more diversity. And in Korea, specifically in Seoul which is the center of expat community, artists – local as well as expat – expose the Korean audience to a variety of art forms and different styles. Now this is exactly what a new Seoul-based print zine aims to do.

The magazine not-so-subtly named ‘Period’ calls for art submissions for its January issue. The zine is aimed at publishing and providing platform to female artists all around the world. It aims to give a voice to women who work in the field of photography, illustration, poetry and prose.

Issue #1 comes out in January 2016 with the theme of Identity, Expression. It will feature contributions from artists exploring different ideas through various mediums including pieces from illustrator Colleen Louise Barry and photographer Sharon Heit. Heit, whose work has been featured in a number of excellent publications, will be contributing some of her striking portraits to the magazine.

Each issue will focus on a specific theme to be given life by the artists’ imagination and skills, and which attempts to explore the modern female lifestyle. The themes for the next twelve issues have been decided which cover ideas like Power, Solitude and Discovery, Pagentry and Religion and many more.

The magazine provides an opportunity for emerging female artists to gain exposure and a ‘platform’ to voice their ideas and talents. Currently, distribution will be located in Seoul and the US. It will also be available online every month for free download.

The deadline for submissions for January issue is December 20.

For more information on Period, click here.

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