FRONT & BACK COVERS of the original zine publication, end of 2002
Front cover with art and poem by Marilyn Dammann (USA) on a Vietnam veteran friend
This first issue came together in a network effort against the war preparations on Iraq of the first Bush administration and was the result of a close collaboration between Tais Lintz in Canada, Christiane Grenzebach in Germany, Douglas Carrara in Brazil, Sumeet Grover in India and Guido Vermeulen in Belgium.
While Christiane and Douglas published the poems on websites and poetry boards, I decided to produce and diffuse a xeroxed magazine, which was the first issue of Friour Network Magazine. It saw the light in September-October 2002.
This blog is an extended and different version of the original zine with much more graphical art that reached me later.
It was Sumeet who introduced me to the T:AP network for which I'm grateful because it allowed me to bridge the mail art network with other art & peace networks. It was also in this first issue that I introduced the concept of a shared magazine. Everyone could produce an issue if they were interested, if it had an art and peace angle, if it was the result of networking and if it was free. The people who embraced immediately the concept were all T:AP members: Marisa Antonaya in Thailand, Monica de Nyeko in Uganda, Mohammad Iqbal Behleem in Pakistan.
For more info on T:AP, please visit: www.tapnet.info
Back cover of the original zine based on a peace performance by Clemente Padin in Uruguay.
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