Seeing Silence (2016)

Seeing Silence was a collaborative zine-making project with students in the designmatters program at ArtCenter. Students were asked to create visual responses—on paper, transparencies, or translucent materials—to a series of prompts recalling moments they may have experienced censorship, silence, or disability. Participants were then encouraged to rework each others’ images and ideas to create something visual from the collective experience of silencing. We discussed what a vocabulary of censorship might consist of, and what possibilities might exist during moments in which we cannot express ourselves; we considered the importance of working collaboratively to create joyful expressions of frustrating, negating experiences.