EXILE is a Miami-based literary arts and culture platform producing publications and site-specific events such as exhibitions, performances, lectures, fairs, and workshops around South Florida in order to advance local circulation and engagement with artist’s books and printed ephemera. Headquartered in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood, EXILE seeks to establish a pervasive print culture in Miami by creating hubs for independent publishing that represent and serve our diverse community.
Before launching in September of last year, we reached out to the community to see why they needed a place like EXILE Books.
In April of 2015 EXILE partnered with O, Miami and YoungArts to host the first Miami Zine Fair as part of our mission to create accessible hubs for independent culture that represent and amplify the diverse voices in our community.
Over 70 artists, poets, and activists descended upon the fair, performing, hosting workshops, and selling their zines and printed matter. Support was overwhelming: more than 1,000 people came out to explore Miami's independent print culture.
The I-d Project opened on October 6, 2016 at the Lowe Art Museum in a unique partnership with the museum and UM Special collections as a pop-up exhibition and experimental space that encouraged visitors to reflect on and explore notions of identity through art and the written word. Having occupied the space of the Lowe’s former Gift Shop, the I-d Project, was on view through April 2017, encompassing a display of identity-centric artists’ books and zines for purchase and browsing, with a focus on questions such as: Who am I? Who are you? Who are we?
The I-d Project was accompanied by a series of “identity salons” that invited visitors to tackle this fundamental concept from a wide range of angles, including gender, sex, culture, race, age, and socio-economic status. In addition, special programs addressed the theme of identity, and complemented the Lowe’s dynamic exhibitions on view, all of which spoke to the notion of identity.
The ID Project was an initiative to promote Miami’s print culture through the presentation of a curated selections of zines, books, and print projects by a diverse range of artists, accompanied by exhibitions and related programming.
Aligned with the spirit of #theIDproject, EXILE, in collaboration with O, Miami Poetry Festival presents HaikU Road Signs: A generative poetry workshop. Led by Jai Alai-published poet, Yaddyra Peralta, this free workshop examined the structure and history of the Japanese form, while producing identity-themed poetry for HaikU Road Signs, an interactive and ephemeral activation installed across UM over the weekend of the 2017 Miami Zine Fair.The I-d Project will be accompanied by a series of “identity salons” that invite visitors to tackle this fundamental concept from a wide range of angles, including gender, sex, culture, race, age, and socio-economic status.
EXILE Books was pleased to present the 2017 Miami Zine Fair in partnership with Lowe Art Museum, UM Special Collections and O, Miami Poetry Festival.
The 2017 Miami Zine Fair took place across from the Lowe Art Museum at UM’s campus on the 22nd of April from 11 am to 5 pm, bringing together over 150 artists, writers, illustrators, activists, and poets under one large tent on the cultural plaza. The event featured live DJs from WVUM The Voice, performances, site-specific artworks, and workshops. This year’s zine fair highlighted the wide array of makers that are embracing the art of self publishing in our city, drawing in people of all ages and backgrounds. The fair offered something for everyone: visitors discovered participatory installations, multimedia activations, as well as hundreds of independently-published works on display by local and international artists. Ranging from the simple to the saddle-stitched, the public was invited to touch, feel, peruse, and even smell.
The 2017 MZF was a day-long celebration of the wide array of makers that are embracing the art of self publishing in our city, drawing in people of all ages and backgrounds and included over 30 activations by featured artists - performances, poetry readings, printing demonstrations, and more - over the course of 6 hours. One of those featured was CAIN Press, an independent publishing wing of Toquica Design Studio, Cain Press was born in 2005 in Bogota, Colombia.
Their on-site activation for this year’s Miami Zine Fair was Flagzine, a participatory reappropriation of the United States national anthem to rethink the current political situation in this country. They invited all attendees to reconfigure patriotic phrases into zines as part of a political and artistic intervention. The stenciling of each phrase happened on site and gave MZF attendees the opportunity to directly participate in the creation of a zine unique to them.
On September 1, 2017, EXILE opened it’s very first brick-and-mortar storefront and event space in Little Haiti. EXILE Books formerly operated as a pop-up artist’s bookstore, migrating from site to site without a place to call our very own.
We spent the 2017 summer months completely revamping our physical storefront and brand-new tropical inventory, while getting to know our brilliant Little Haiti neighbors.
In addition, we debuted our collaboration with Miami’s famed Sackner Archive through an inaugural exhibition of artist books, posters and ephemera by world-renowned conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner. The vitrines will rotate quarterly with text-based work and printed ephemera from the Archive.
We look forward to the store becoming a part of the Little Haiti fabric - an engaging platform where one can learn more about Miami’s local artists and publishers - serving as a space for community gatherings, educational demonstrations and workshops, literary readings.
Community Zine Workshops
EXILE will extend its efforts throughout Miami-Dade county, congregating audiences at public gathering points from Miami Beach and the Design District to Little Haiti and Hialeah to create zines that map neighborhoods and communicate alternative stories about the people that reside in our city. These free zine workshops reach a broad audience base and provide a creative outlet to a diverse population. Zines are small circulation, DIY publications that are easy to produce and distributed for a small amount of money. These publications engage all members of the community, providing an independent and accessible medium for people of all ages and backgrounds to amplify their voices. Zines created during our workshops are donated to University of Miami’s Special Collections which preserves Miami’s cultural legacy.
In the coming year, EXILE will be producing four new publications in collaboration with four severely talented local female artists. Each artist book will be written and designed by the artist, with a focus on communicating their own Miami story through an extension of their current practices and the book form. Publications will be released individually every three months with a celebratory gathering and associated art installation, reading or talk curated by the artist and hosted by EXILE in their Little Haiti storefront. With this project, EXILE hopes to highlight Miami’s creative community while beginning to document a collective voice all Miami’s own.
The Miami Zine Fair
The Miami Zine Fair takes place every April in partnership with O, Miami Poetry Festival. This event brings together over 150 artists, writers, illustrators, activists, and poets under one large tent. The event will feature live DJs, performances, site-specific artworks, and workshops. This year’s zine fair will highlight the wide array of makers that are embracing the art of self publishing in our city, drawing in people of all ages and backgrounds. The fair holds something for everyone: visitors will discover participatory installations, multimedia activations, as well as hundreds of independently-published works on display by local and international artists.
SIDE X SIDE
EXILE is partnering alongside Knight Arts Challenge winner Pageslayers, an Opa-Locka-based creative writing summer camp empowering and propelling young writers of color, to bridge our respective Miami-Dade neighborhoods together by means of the handwritten word. Inspired students between the ages of 8 to10 years old living and attending public school in Little Haiti and Opa-locka will be paired with each other as pen pals, creating correspondence art – stamps, envelopes, snail-mail memorabilia – while learning about life in another diverse community through the lens of a new friend. By the end of SIDE X SIDE, the not-so-long-distance pals will finally meet IRL and create their own zine together! Separate then together, separate and together, these students will both expand their literary horizons beyond community borders and instill in themselves a civic sense of pride from where they read, write, live and play.
The ID Project
In a unique partnership with the Lowe Art Museum and UM Special Collections, EXILE Books launched The ID Project in Fall 2016, an experimental social space that encourages visitors to reflect on and explore notions of identity. The ID Project is an initiative to promote Miami’s print culture through the presentation of a curated selections of zines, books, and print projects by a diverse range of artists, accompanied by exhibitions and related programming.
Richard E. Schatz, Esq.
Miami Foundation Chair
Michael A. Marquez
Miami Foundaiton Immediate Past Chair
Marlon A. Hill, Esq.
Miami Foundation Vice Chair
Miami Foundation Treasurer and Secretary
Maria C. Alonso
Programs Committee Chair
Founder and Executive Director
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.