A selection of AAA-A's zine collection


AAA-A Zine Residency Open Call

September 23, 2022 – October 7, 2022
Asia Art Archive in America

23 Cranberry St. Brooklyn, NY

Zines have historically been and continue to be a means to challenge and complicate mainstream narratives and institutional structures. Faced with the critical questions raised during the pandemic about the structure of arts institutions and the art ecosystem, as part of the broader landscape of socio-economic and ecological imbalance, more and more artists are incorporating zine making into their practice.

Since its founding in 2009, Asia Art Archive in America (AAA-A) has continuously grown its collection of zines and artist books in the belief that zine making as a medium for artists and alternative art practices is of vital importance. 

In an effort to further foster this compelling field of inquiry that connects archives, printed matter, libraries, and art making, AAA-A is announcing our inaugural Zine Residency. Extending from Oct. 18 – Dec. 2, this residency will support four artists in the creation of a new zine that responds to AAA-A’s digital and physical archive and collection. Throughout this time, selected artists will have the opportunity to research the wide range of material available at our reading room in Brooklyn Heights. With this residency, we hope to encourage artists to engage with and activate the AAA’s collections and to support and develop zine making activities more broadly. 

What we provide

  • AAA-A will support each artist with a production budget of up to $1,200 and a $300 artist honorarium. 
  • Selected artists will have access to our collection onsite, as well as our reading room facilities Tue – Fri from 10:30 am – 6:00 pm throughout the duration of the residency. (The reading room is equipped with a large reading table, computers, WiFi and a copier/scanner.)
  • AAA-A staff will be onsite to provide guidance. 

Our Expectations

  • Selected artists will be asked to conduct onsite research into our collections through the duration of the residency with a minimum of 3 visits. 
  • At least one copy of the zine made during the residency will be donated to AAA-A’s library collection.
  • Final zines must be completed by December 2, 2022.
  • Important Dates include:
    • Oct. 7 – Applications Deadline
    • Oct. 14 – Decisions Announced
    • Oct. 18 – First Check-in with All Residents and AAA-A Project Staff
    • Nov. 1 – Second Check-in
    • Nov. 22 – Final Check-in
    • Dec. 2 – Final Zines Deadline

Applications to the Open Call will be accepted until Friday, October 7th at 11:59 PM EST. 

Application Process

All interested applicants, should submit a single PDF to info@aaa-a.org with the subject line “Open Call – Zine Residency” by Friday, October 7th at 11:59 PM EST, which includes the following:

  • a C.V. 
  • a narrative bio (max. 200 words)
  • 5 images of related work (including captions – title, year, medium, dimensions)
  • a proposal of the focus and/or themes you would like to address in your zine; how it connects or relates to our collections or organization; as well as a brief description as to your rationale for applying. (max. 500 words)
  • a brief budget outlining the production costs

Successful proposals will seek to examine our archive in novel ways and create new pathways for thinking about our collections. 


  • Current residents of New York State.
  • Must have maintained New York State residency for at least the last two consecutive years (2020 & 2021).
  • Must be available to do research onsite at our Brooklyn Heights reading room.


AAA-A Zine Residency program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.