This edition of Saturday Sharing is meant to inspire. You might want to start at Picturing Peace before heading to Nina Katchadourian's for Sorted Books, Words without Borders for Japanese fiction and poetry, or comics at Fantagraphics. Just don't miss the city made of type or Yi Zhou's beautiful short.
✦ Here's a gallery of book spine poems, compiled earlier this year. Artist Nina Katchadourian has an ongoing project (it began in 1993), Sorted Books, that has produced some delightful results. Lots of fun!
✦ The online Words without Borders, whose July and August issues feature fiction and poetry from Japan, features graphic lit from around the world.
✦ Picturing Peace, a project of the City of Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support and the city's Downtown Improvement District, is a collaborative community engagement and photography project exploring issues of youth violence, peace and safety, and community support. A Picturing Peace Exhibit is touring county libraries this summer and fall. Go here to see how a dozen teens photographed their perspectives on pace and safety.
✦ Seattle, Washington, is home to one of the most influential publishers of comics: Fantagraphics Books. A sister site is The Comics Journal.
✦ Today's video selection, Yijing3 - Love and Death, is from Yi Zhou, a multimedia artist who lives in Paris and Shanghai. The artist talks about the video here.
"Underworlds Rising", SPREAD Art Culture, March 11, 2012 (You'll find here Yi Zhou's fascinating 2009 video The Ear.)