a serial zine project
Random is a serial zine project by Jing Zhou. As its name suggests, the mission of Random is to collect, document and appreciate random moments, thoughts and ideas through photographs, texts, artwork, and acoustic materials.
Two issues have been produced since 2023.
Random issue 2 features mainly 2 projects: a photography project named “Collect: shapes” that documents a journey about shapes and texture in the central residential area in Milan. Started as a research of window shapes, it ended up being a mixture of shapes, textures, moments and composition. Following that, you’ll find another photography project that documents what I saw guided by a stranger on the deviated paths in the North Park in Milan. This journey about exploring the unfamiliar and breaking the ordinary was named “Deviated: unfamiliar path”.
Random issue 1 is divided into 4 sections: Fantasy, Stories, Words and Playground. “Fantasy” features a photography project named “Objects Talking” that forms a conversation between objects, humans and nature. “Stories” features a man-made photo-story about moments and time called “Another Sunset” by pairing a selection of quotes from literature with private photos taken in Italy and Cambodia in the 1925-1960s by an unknown Milanese family. In the last two sections you’ll find short writings, prints, drawings and suggested music.
(puff / uh oh mmm)
a story of the encounter between a triangle and a circle
text by Ivan V.
illustration by Jing Zhou
A Mapping Experience
a conceptual map of the people in white T-shirts encountered during my 12-minute walk in Bologna city center
Artist & Graphic Designer
Jing Zhou is a Chinese visual artist and graphic designer currently based in Milan. She makes art books to document random moments of a journey or everyday life through her poetic lens. She treats her art book as a poem itself by carefully selecting the paper, color scheme, projects and designing in her minimalist style.