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Facilitators’ Notes on the Process Elsa Oliveira PhD candidate, researcher, and co-coordinator of the MoVE Project, African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS)

Quinten Edward Williams Artist and researcher, the MoVE Project, African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS)

When you engage with a completed body of work—such as the zines included in this publication—it’s easy to forget the amount of time involved in its making. The zines shared here took time to make; time was invested by facilitators and participants in their planning, making, and distribution.

We spent a lot of time before the actual workshops discussing how to approach the workshops as spaces of opportunity for participants—in this case, migrants who sell sex—to share their stories. We wanted to find a way to create a workshop space that was conducive to telling stories, and ultimately, to choosing a story and focusing on its development in order to create a message for a wider public audience. We wanted to approach the workshops in ways that could respond to the storytelling needs of participants.

Planning for the zines We wanted the zines to tell stories; stories that could be shared with multiple audiences in ways that would generate engagement with— and, perhaps, counter prevailaing popular assumptions about—the lived experiences of migrants who sell sex in South Africa.

The Sunday before the first workshop, we travelled from Johannesburg to Makhado with a car filled to the brim with workshop materials. We unloaded the car, set up the space, and had a bit of rest, very aware that the next day the workshop would begin, and based on our previous experiences, that our facilitation plans would likely need to be

To effectively facilitate the creation of the zines, we had to be sure that the process of their making would be sensitive to various design principles. The zines had to be visually appealing (in order to facilitate public engagement) but we did not want to approach visual literacy education through a traditional form. Instead, we wanted to engage in visual literacy training in an involved and participatory way—through processes of storytelling, discussion, and art-making.

Art techniques The zines were made by tearing, cutting, drawing, painting, layering, tracing, and writing. 80

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The Sex Worker Zine Project Ebook  

"Featuring the zines produced by 24 men, women, and transgender persons who live and sell sex in the Gauteng, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga provin...

The Sex Worker Zine Project Ebook  

"Featuring the zines produced by 24 men, women, and transgender persons who live and sell sex in the Gauteng, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga provin...