In the week leading up to, and during, the Counter Plymouth Art Book Fair Makina Books presented oversized pages from Flo Brooks’ ‘Outskirts’ publication in the Column Bakehouse cafe/gallery.
Robin Silas Christian (Makina Books) and Flo Brooks discussed ‘Outskirts’ and Makina as an ongoing project and archive at Ocean Studios.
Outskirts is a social practice art project initiated
by Flo Brooks in 2016, exploring the intersection
between liminality and identity through visual and
It arose from a desire to share, collaborate and
give form to our experiences of in-betweeness
(liminality), and first took shape with the launch of
social portrait collaboration The Liminal Portrait
Exchange, and a publication callout on themes
relating to liminality and gender, culminating
in Outskirts, a bookwork published by Makina
Books in 2017.
Featuring contributions from 16 participants from
all over the world, the work ranges in subject from
queer dissonance to the neoliberal agenda, and
in media from photography to print to prose. The
bookwork also features a selection of portraits
from The Liminal Portrait Exchange, where
people are invited to share their experience of
liminality through image, object, text or sound,
and have a de/constructed portrait created in response.
A continuous and shifting project, Outskirts
has curated and organised exhibitions at White
Cubicle Toilet Gallery, (with Makina Books),
London, 2017, and at Plymouth Art Weekender,
2017, and Exeter Phoenix Cafe Gallery, 2017
(both with Robin Christian and Richard Phoenix
and with audio descriptions by Caroline Dawson).
Outskirts is transgender, feminist and queer,
it places emphasis on trans and gender
non-conforming narratives, but sees these
categories as permeable, shifting, and part of
a much broader network of allies, friends and conspirators.