We are QT 3.14, and we make Ế, a queer art and literary zine. As queers, we reject the notion that a straight relationship and its trappings (marriage, nuclear family, male-female roles, etc.) are the “default”. We convey this message through original and curated art, photography, short stories, poetry, and pop culture reviews.
Ế’s creative process is swings from one extreme to another. A lot of time is spent slaving away in solitary confinement, trying to get the perfect color palette, choosing the most accurate synonym, and inserting the just-right amount of self-irony. However, it IS a collaborative effort, so we do spend many afternoons on extended co-working sessions. We do boring things like discussing quotas, deadlines, and logistics, along with wonderfully exciting things like creative exercises, constructing our vision for the zine, and arguing over if a picture should be 10 pixels to the left. Other than that, we are very serious about taking time to shoot the shit.
It is fitting that a culturally fringe people like us queers express ourselves not through traditional forums, but through a malleable and experimental channel like art and writing. We also interrupt established heteronormative views by “queering up” how pop culture is interpreted as well as our own narratives about the world. We hope to offer queer people a platform to share their own stories and thoughts.
Quyên Quyên and Ian Quee met at an LGBTQ visibility workshop in Hanoi and decided to make a zine together. It’s a collection of comics, poetry, low-key art and film reviews. The first issue is titled Ế/Unsold and deals with gender and identity questions/thoughts/jokes. Ian Quee is trained in the science of psychology. In reality, it's part of his scheme of becoming a better artist. Quyên Quyên studies a mixed bag of literature and art history at Stanford University.