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:
Assemblage project space where we host zine making night.
Alphabet Zoo crew pose.
Silkscreen screens at the dark room situation.
Zines in the making.
Artist Io Makandal printing at our studio.
Our secret smoking area.
Hanging inside our printmaking studio.
Mural: ‘WE BUY GOLD’ by Angus and Isaac.
Top view from the Assemblage studio’s roof.
At an exhibition opening.
Spending the evening at a friend’s place after our group exhibition opening in downtown Johannesburg.