Video by Frank Nitty
I welcome you to the first digital issue of Body Talk zine! Taking advantage of the issue being online, I have tried to redefine and break boundaries of what digital print can also look like. Being a Designer, I believe that the role of design is not restricted to the structured fields defined in society.
Like László Moholy-Nagy said, “Designing is not a profession,
but an attitude.”
It brings about change through innovation, imagination, and experimentation. Therefore, this is not just a zine, it is a movement towards speaking about the uncomfortable yet crucial aspects of life and questioning the ways of the present.
Through Body Talk, I want to draw your attention to something that has been lingering in our society like the elephant in the room. I want to share my vision of what art and design can do by combining subjects I’m passionate about and displaying their potential of provoking thought, empathy, conversation and change. Vulnerability and emotions are what make us human and in the world we have created it takes strength to share it. If we remove that aspect of being, what is even left?
We are too busy being consumed by what we are told is right, or how things have always been, without even noticing the effects they have had on us. By defining what beauty is, what is most desirable, what it means to be healthy or strong, what a real man is or how a woman should be, we are creating more disappointments, discrimination, and bottled up melancholy. We blame society and talk about how it has shaped, impacted, and suppressed us, but what we forget is that society is us. We are the ones that shape it, govern it and create it. It’s more tangible than we think and we are more impactful than we realise.
In the first issue Body Talk, you will not only find a glimpse of various topics for discussion but the same recurring message for conversation and change. The collection of work highlights the power of creativity, interaction and attention. Through the different mediums, styles, words, subjects, languages, and most importantly people, there is a combination of present insight but also a lingering reflection. The latter is the most important!