Trapper Keeper 5: Utopia
Since the publication of the first issue of Trapper Keeper in the spring of 2014, this project has been dedicated to providing a platform for invited artists to make work that responds to the air of turbulent change, uncertainty and instability that has settled on our planet over the past decade like a black cloud.The resulting work published in issues 1-4 represented a fairly dystopian response to the political, social and environmental pressures facing humanity. Regardless, the starting point of this publication struck a nerve both with invited artists and within the underground zine and publishing scene.
To get a sense of the wide range of artists we’ve published and some of the themes that were tackled in previous issues, you can check out this feature on Trapper Keeper 4 on Editorial Mag’s site, and some press for Trapper Keeper 1 on Hyperallergic and People of Print, or check out our shop pages for TK 1,
Part of the original inspiration behind Trapper Keeper was to offer artists a chance to respond to the dark forces that seemed to be assembling around the globe in 2013-the renewed stirrings of nationalism and neo fascism in the west, the beginnings of a sort of techno feudalism, increased authoritarianism around the globe paralleled by the expansion of personal electronics equipped with surveillance capabilities into every second of our waking lives, against a backdrop of a coming collapse of the biosphere.
Now that this dystopian scenario seems to have completely settled across the globe, we are again taking a contrarian approach to our possible collective future.
For Trapper Keeper 5, the theme is Utopia. At Mega Press, we were interested in challenging ourselves and our invited artists to imagine a best possible scenario for future survival and evolution of the human race.
Featuring works by:
Robert Beatty (cover)
Molly Colleen O’Connell
Joseph P Kelly
Curated and edited by Panayiotis Terzis
Risograph printed and published by MEGAPRESS in an edition of 300.
August, 2017, New York City.