Alphabet Zoo

Print’s Not Dead

Alphabet Zoo is a printmaking studio in Joburg founded in 2010 by Minenkulu and Isaac, aka the guys proving that print’s not dead. A couple of years ago they discovered a printing press in the Johannesburg Art Gallery, and met up regularly to use it. Their work has always explored culture, using good ol’ ink and paper as a vehicle to connect people and drive conversations. They started a street culture zine, and invited young creators to contribute. Now their successful studio hosts zine-, and printmaking workshops and exhibitions, which you should definitely attend!

Taking inspiration from their traditional format of communication, we sent them a film camera and asked them to give us a rare look at their studio culture, the people who motivate them, and what it takes to do their work. Have a peek:

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Assemblage project space where we host zine making night.

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Alphabet Zoo crew pose.

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Silkscreen screens at the dark room situation.

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Printing inks…YUM.

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Silkscreen prints by Ben Eagle and Angus MacKinnon.

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Zines in the making.

Artist Io Makandal printing at our studio.

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Our secret smoking area.

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Hanging inside our printmaking studio.

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Mural: ‘WE BUY GOLD’ by Angus and Isaac.

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Top view from the Assemblage studio’s roof.

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At an exhibition opening. 

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Spending the evening at a friend’s place after our group exhibition opening in downtown Johannesburg.

 

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