The zines I create combine original visual art with creative writing. The art direction and title of each zine are carefully considered, so that they can convey different messages to my audience.
Overall the zines capture my experiences living life as a genderqueer gay individual and also follow my journey towards building my emotional competencies whilst responding to the challenges along the way.
The three zines submitted explore concepts of isolation during the pandemic, a realisation that life is finite and also a departure from my gender assigned at birth.
Antonis Sideras (They/Them) is a queer performance artist and writer based in London, originally from Limassol, Cyprus. Their work thrives in the instances where theatre clashes with art, clowning rivals drag and comedy taunts critical thinking. Video, creative writing and self-publishing have recently become tools for Sideras to perform through alternative media, in their efforts to reach a wider audience.
Sideras completed a BA (Hons) in Visual Communication at the University of Westminster in 2015 and an MFA Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Arts (UAL) in 2018. They have been involved in a number of projects with organisations such as the Nunnery Gallery, Battersea Arts Centre, La Juan Gallery (Spain), Cuntemporary and Tablespoon Theatre Company. They have also presented their work across the UK and internationally (Limassol, Thessaloniki, Venice, Marseille, Paris, Madrid, Istanbul and Bogota).
Sideras received a D&AD New Blood Yellow Pencil award for their video performance ‘Birth of the Botch’ in 2014 and were named the Overall Winner of the ‘Pride in the House’ Art Prize at the Lauderdale House in 2015. Sideras created their first self-published art book ‘Mortician’s Pride’ in 2020, in collaboration with That Other Space.