Canzine West: Ho Tam

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Time to meet another dual vendor and panelist! We’re stoked to welcome Ho Tam the publisher behind 88Books as well as projects such as hotam, Poser, and XXX Zine. We reviewed one of the XXX Zines, Roy Drawings by Doug Melnyk, in Issue 60, and have been following his work ever since. We’re interested in how the medium of a zine might allow for the development of a complicated and pluralistic political identity such as queerness, and Ho Tam’s work seems to prod that same question— as well as many others.

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Ho Tam is the publisher of 88Books, XXX and Hotam Press, three different projects of independent zines and artist’s books since 2012. Tam was born in Hong Kong and educated in Toronto, Canada and worked in advertising firms and community psychiatric facilities before turning to art. He works in a diverse mix of disciplinary including painting, video/film, photography, print and public art and has exhibited in various cities across North America. Since 1994 Tam has produced over 20 short video and films.  His work has been shown internationally including at the National Gallery (Ottawa), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Pompidou Centre (Paris) and the Museum of Modern Art (New York). Tam taught at University of Victoria, British Columbia from 2004 to 2010.  He is a graduate of Whitney Museum Independent Studies Program and Bard College (MFA) and is the recipient of various awards, fellowships and artist’s grants.

You can also find Ho Tam at the 88Books table throughout the fair. Say hi!

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  2. Doug Melnyk says:

    Hello, I would like to read the review on my zine in issue 60 but I am unable to access it. Winnipeg Public Library does not have it, it seems. Thanks very much!

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