The Quarantine Public Library with Tracy Honn and Katie Garth
The unique comic format can chronicle—in ways that are succinct and easily comprehensible—how our physical and mental health are shaped by complex American systems, while also conveying inequities inherent throughout these systems. Join us for this workshop, associated with the exhibition Drawing Us Together: Public Life and Public Health in Contemporary Comics.
Quarantine Public Library (QPL) is a repository of one-page books made by artists, free for anyone to download, print, and assemble—to keep or give away. Tracy Honn and Katie Garth launched the project in July 2020 in response to the loss of public space and institutional art access during the ongoing global health crisis. The website has connected new audiences across the world to books by more than 200 artists, writers, poets, and scholars. By provoking joyful interactions with printed artwork, QPL has worked to disrupt pervasive feelings of isolation during this pandemic.
Honn and Garth will present their collaborative project and talk about its origins, their approach, collection curation, QPL’s reception, and some of its outcomes.