Refugee Art Project Zines

All of our Refugee Art Project zines (10 so far) can be ordered from the lovely people at the Take Care zine distro.  

An outline of the zines are as follows:

Refugee Art Project Zine #1 is a comic book zine that came from months of sequential art classes in the Villawood detention centre. It contains many short stories that relate the experiences and feelings of people in detention. Some are written and drawn wholly by asylum seekers and some are collaborations between asylum seekers and Refugee Art Project volunteers.

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Refugee Art Project Zine #2 is a tribute to Ahmad Ali Jafari, who was a close friend of ours and a regular member of our art class. Ahmad passed away of a heart attack in the Villawood detention centre in late June 2013. He died under very difficult circumstances and this zine provided a chance to grieve for him and to honour his memory.

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Refugee Art Project Zine #3 is a striking collection of drawings by Mohammad. Mohammad is a Burmese refugee who was held in the Villawood detention centre for over 5 years.

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Refugee Art Project Zine #4 is a collection of stories, drawings and poems by Murtaza, a  very talented Hazara Afghan asylum seeker.

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Refugee Art Project Zine #5 is a new collection of drawings, poems, and interviews with refugees in the Villawood detention centre. It includes the work of adults and children.

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Refugee Art Project Zine #6 is a women’s issue, featuring the art and writing of refugee women from the Villawood detention centre and our art workshop in Parramatta.

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Refugee Art Project Zine #7 is a young person’s issue, featuring comics and portraits made by children and young people of a refugeebackground in Western Sydney. This zine was made in partnership with Fairfield High School.

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Refugee Art Project zine #8 is dedicated to the work of Fakhruddin Rajai, a young Afghan artist and refugee, whose images are stunning. The zine tells Fakhruddin’s story, in his own words, which gives context and meaning to the images.

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Refugee Art Project zine #9 features the artwork of Mona Moradveisi, a young woman from Iran who is a regular participant in our women’s art workshop in Parramatta. You can see a gallery of Mona’s work here, though this zine contains many more drawings and sketches.

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Refugee Art Project zine #10 is a children’s book (‘Mr Man in the Garden’) which was conceived and painted mostly by children of a refugee background at our women’s art workshop in Parramatta. It’s a beautiful book, made entirely from watercolour paintings.

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Another beautiful zine is Fourteen, by Zanny Begg, which was inspired by our weekly art classes at the Villawood detention centre.

All proceeds from these zines go towards our refugee support activities.

Copies of these zines can be purchased from the lovely people at Sticky Institute in Melbourne, or from the Take Care zine distro in Sydney, but copies are limited so you’ll need to act fast!

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