get lost in the binary-busting world of 'randy,' the ultimate experimental queer art zine
i-D presents an exclusive preview of images from a new anthology of ‘Randy,’ the trans-feminist magazine that brought together queer artists including Cass Bird, Venus X, and boychild.
In 2009, photographer and publisher Sophie Mörner teamed up with interdisciplinary artist A.K. Burns to launch Randy. A bold experiment, the annual artist's magazine examined widely varied perspectives on trans-feminist arts and activism. The New York-based duo sought to engage people of gender identities as diverse as the city we live in, so they brought together a cacophony of underrepresented voices in creative dialogue. Throughout its three-year life span, Randy took the forms of a printed zine, performance platform, and nightclub event. Now, art book publisher Capricious is pleased to announce a 300-plus page anthology of Randy zines spanning 2010-2013.
The impressive roster of collaborators featured in RANDY: 2010-2013 indicates just how all-encompassing the platform was. The full-color anthology contains over 100 interviews, conversations and projects including work by Wu Tsang, Leilah Weinraub + Venus X, Hayden Dunham, India Salvor Menuez, Christelle De Castro, Niv Acosta, Matthew Stone, boychild, and very many more. Here, i-D presents an exclusive preview of these images, including: Cass Bird's portrait of Light Asylum's Shannon Funchess, a scene from Colin Self's Randy #4 performance at MoMA PS1, and a still from Shakedown, a film by Hood by Air CEO Leilah Weinraub.
In championing these artists and creating an ecosystem for their work, Randy's zines functioned as a sort of index of queer thinkers. The collection of these zines as a book reenforces the lasting legacy of a project that expanded ideas about art, sexuality, politics and how each of them play a momentous role in shaping queer identity and experience. Get inspired by diving into its provocative, humorous, and vibrant world!
'Randy' is available now via Capricious. More information here.
Text Emily Manning
Shannon Fuchness, photography Cass Bird