A Manual for Home: A DIY Guide for Survivors of Catastrophe

In collaboration with artist/researcher Heiba Lamara for the Institute of Contemporary Arts & Islington centre for refugees and migrants.

We designed zine-making workshops with members of the Islington centre for refugees and migrants. The zine workshop became a process and practice to build a community around shared experiences of leaving home.

Making an individual zine allowed participants to explore and work at their own pace and quickly produce multiple pieces of work. The format of the zines enable them to duplicate original copies whenever they like, at any date, and sell them individually or as a collection of volumes if they wish.

Many of the participants spoke limited English. To create a friendly atmosphere without pressure, we encouraged participants to write in whichever language they feel most comfortable using.

Elements of the zines themselves were used in the ICA’s exhibition, Freedom and Friendship.