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Sam Trollo, a 21-year-old human services and women’s, gender and sexuality studies student, co-curated ALIVE AND YELLING: TRANS ZINES AND RADICAL SUBCULTURES with fellow student Basil Bennett-Levy. Located in the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art on campus, the exhibit features zines by artists in the trans community.
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The exhibit incorporates creative tools where visitors are encouraged to create their own zine pages. Following the close of the exhibit, the pages will be compiled together in a zine commemorating the experience.
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The exhibit incorporates creative tools where visitors are encouraged to create their own zine pages. Following the close of the exhibit, the pages will be compiled together in a zine commemorating the experience.
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Trollo wants to inspire marginalized voices to harness their power and to circulate what they believe in. “To quote the exhibit,” Trollo said, “Zines are anti-capitalist, anti-censorship, unapologetic, ‘I-have-something-to-say-and-you-can’t-stop-me,’ We create them in the act of becoming, and we create them to reach others and say, “I see you, you are fucking fantastic.” We create them to build networks of support based on friendship and inclusion, to write a better world into existence.”
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Trollo reflects on trying to explain what zines are. “When someone asks me what a zine is,” they said, “I hand them a zine, let them read it and then ask them back: what is a zine?”
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Trollo began making zines at the New Paltz 24-hour zine challenge during their junior year and has continued ever since. Interning at the campus Zine Library and the president of Zine Club, they use zines to energize the voices on the college campus and beyond.
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Trollo explains that zines are important for the representation and communication of marginalized groups. Circulating personal stories, zines establish an intimate relationship between the author and readers, hopping pocket to pocket and from friend to friend. Zines have the ability to make a lasting impact.
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Trollo works to break down the barrier established between the privileged and academia through zines. Having to answer to no editor, publication or institution, anything the author wants goes.

Video created and edited by Sarah Jurgielewicz
Photography by Sarah Jurgielewicz
Audio by Sam Trollo

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