Join local artist King Katz
as they lead us through a zine making workshop. This event is open to all U-M students interested in understanding and supporting the Black and queer student experience(s).
Supplies and food will be provided, we hope to see you there!
King Katz is a multidisciplinary and multifaceted artist native to Detroit whose body of work is centered around the anthropological preservation of blackness, reclamation and reintegration of indigenous lifestyles and practices, and pedagogical subversion through the use of symbol and image. As photographer, their work is unrelentingly colorful and vivid, saturated with life though reflective of the grief and quietude of obscured beauty. Their early photographic works in 2016 were included in the Detroit Design Festival and catalyzed a period of artistic expansion, leading their venture into pattern and printmaking, textiles, and conceptual artwork. While showcasing their works alongside feminist art collective Art Babes
into late 2017, King tapped into a network of artists and inspiration that marked a second wave of artistic evolution. From 2017-2019, their conceptual artwork that had largely focused on painting and drawing which further developed into collage making and creation as a spiritual practice. Their collages emerged as a collaborative act between themselves and nature; incorporating plant parts, book pages, and reclaimed objects into their pieces. Their “Mad” Zine, an exploration on self-discovery and sociopolitical burdens masked as anger, was published by Paper Street Publishing Co. as apart of a residency and was included in Art Mile Detroit.
Outside of their artistry King is passionate about the abolition of the police, community activism, native plant identification and proliferation and unexpectedly - improvisational comedy. They are a cat mom, having fostered over twelve kittens during the pandemic and finding them forever homes. On any given day you may find them dancing and singing loudly, arguing passionately about graphic novels and classical literature or trying their hand at stand up comedy. Though they are not very good, this has not stopped them.