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unbag is a digital and print publication that promotes dialogue concerning contemporary art, cultural practice, and political action.
unbag is a digital and print publication that promotes dialogue concerning contemporary art, cultural practice, and political action.
unbag is a digital and print publication that promotes dialogue concerning contemporary art, cultural practice, and political action.
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unbag magazine Issue #1 Cover
unbag magazine Issue #1 Cover

 

Who we are: We are a Brooklyn based artist collective, over the past two years we have maintained a critique group, curated gallery shows, and led panel discussions. Our mission has been to advocate for underrepresented artists within our community.  

Why we're doing it: Our editorial team are all artists who urgently feel the need to create an outlet for diverse voices to be heard in this uncertain time. We've been able to build a community of artists and start an ongoing discourse through our collective. Now we would like to create a megaphone for artists within our community and ones from all over the world to make their voices heard. Our magazine will be an inclusive platform for people of color, the LGBTQ community, women and other marginalized groups who are threatened by the current political state. It is vitally important that we make our voices heard now and continue calling out and putting pressure on those in positions of power. 

John Lee's Game Of Throwing Self Against The Wall
John Lee's Game Of Throwing Self Against The Wall

What we're making: We're making a bi-annual arts publication to be released in Spring 2017. After reviewing over a hundred submissions we've selected 13 projects to feature in Issue #1. Metis, the theme of the issue, is a Classical Greek term used to describe forms of creative intelligence characterized by ‘cunning, wiliness, or trickery’.

These projects include a history of the Renoir Sucks at Painting movement which tackles privilege in the artworld. John Lee's project, Game of Throwing Self Against the Wall, chronicles his absurd and frustrating experience with the American healthcare system. And Devin Kenny brings us a multimedia analysis of the infinite iterations of Kanye West's The Life of Pablo. We'll also have projects from Loney Abrams & Johnny Stanish, Manuel Arturo Abreu, Eva Barto, Pierre Chaumont, Haleigh Nickerson, Antonio Ortega, Julian Reid, Peter Rostovsky, Margarita Sanchez Urdaneta, and Theodora Walsh

Why we need your help: We've done much of the work of getting Issue #1 ready for print but we need the help of people like you who feel that it is urgent to publish projects that rally against those who want to silence dissenting voices and people like you who reject the notion that there are various versions of the truth or any space for "alternative facts".  

Margarita Sanchez's I Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny
Margarita Sanchez's I Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny

Where we're at: We have all of our submissions in and have general web and print design finished. We are currently finalizing layouts for the print edition and coding the website. 

How we'll use your contributions: We're looking to print an edition of about 250 magazines per issue and we anticipate that the printing costs will use about 80% of the funding goal. The remaining funds will go towards reward fulfillment, purchasing ISBN numbers, and website upkeep costs. If we're funded we will release the first issue in Spring 2017 and then release on a bi-annual basis. 

Manuel Arturo Abreu's Against The Supremacy Of Thought
Manuel Arturo Abreu's Against The Supremacy Of Thought

 

What's next: If we raise more than our funding goal, we will use any additional funds to print future issues that will continue to tackle the issues that are important to you. We will also focus on growing our editorial team by adding more woman and folks from the LGBTQ community to leadership positions. By doing this we will be able to create stronger content and provide a better service to our readers and contributors.

We hope that you are as excited about this project as we are and we look forward to you becoming a part of the unbag story. Click here to keep updated on unbag projects and events. 

Limited Edition Rewards

Tote bag designed by American Artist with words by Margarita Sanchez Urdaneta:

Margarita Sanchez Urdaneta
Margarita Sanchez Urdaneta

These images from our contributors are available as limited edition print rewards: 

Haleigh Nickerson - S.B.W. 1
Haleigh Nickerson - S.B.W. 1

 

Loney Abrams & Johnny Stanish - Let's Move
Loney Abrams & Johnny Stanish - Let's Move

 

Peter Rostovsky - Ars Jupiter
Peter Rostovsky - Ars Jupiter

 

Risks and challenges

As mentioned above, we have most of the print and web design finished and once layouts are finalized we will be ready to launch. At the moment we do not have risks of not completing this project as long as our funding goal is reached.

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