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I laugh to see myself so beautiful in the mirror

Gabri Molist

I laugh to see myself so beautiful in this mirror is a collection of four zines inside of a box.

The first three zines are experiments where the author explores the possibilities of the comic language using the cut-up technique and the Tintin comics as a mixing board. The last one is an interview with the author.

This series of zines are part of his Ph.D. in LUCA Ghent, where he researches the comic language.

4 Zines
140 × 200mm


A Dutch Landscapes of 26 Days

Jose Quintanar

26 days, 26 drawings, 26 ways to archive, place, and arrange 26 lines inside of a space.

In this site-specific project, the author tries to explore the possibilities of drawing as a game and the classical conception of landscape painting. It's located inside the shower of an abandoned factory in the center of Rotterdam. A place that for a long time served for the hygiene and care of the workers.

62 p
130 × 190mm


A Dutch Landscape III- From Suriname to The Netherlands

Jose Quintanar

Highlighting the significance of the landscape in Dutch culture, José's project is not only observatory by nature, but also investigatory. He notes how the Dutch landscape was "built by people in an artificial way," as man-made interventions connected ground to sea more easily. "Hence it is understood that the golden age of landscape painting was not a representation of the landscape, but the representation of an illusion."

The book is built from two landscapes, that of Suriname's – an old Dutch colony – and the Netherland's. "Each landscape is drawn over and over again," says José of the 20 page, Risograph-printed volume, "building a series of ten drawings each. In each drawing, the rules of the game have been progressively altered so that each drawing of the same landscape is always different." Interestingly, the rules used in landscape A are the same rules applied in landscape B but inverted. And in this way, "A and B only make sense when they are connected within the temporary space format of the book." As a result, the concept of the publication, drawn from geometric patterns of circles that grow in each drawing, in turn, also becomes the narrative of the work.

20 p
297 × 210mm


Ruja Press is a publishing project since 2013 by Ruohong Wu and José Quintanar. Our goal is to self-publish our zines and to expand the audience for contemporary art, by promoting, exhibiting, and publishing books made by other artists. We emphasize low-cost art editions in order to make contemporary art accessible to a broad audience.