Curated by Christopher Kardambikis

For PAPER CUTS / LIVE, artist Christopher Kardambikis is showcasing the work of artists and collectives from the dense and vibrant independent publishing communities between Philadelphia and Richmond. He has curated a selection of zines for our bookshelves, and will conduct monthly live, in-gallery interviews with some of the publishers which will be recorded and archived as PAPER CUTS podcasts. The installation and series of events will act as a cross section of this varied landscape and rich history.

Kardambikis founded Paper Cuts as a radio podcast on Clocktower Radio in 2015. Each program features writers, performers, and artists who have shared their work in print, on paper, and in small editions. Kardambikis is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University and the Director of Navigation Press.

All publications are for sale.


3-Dot Zine: Baltimore Boy and 3-Dot Zine #1

Alison Baitz: On Flora #2 and On Flora #3

Basic Edition #3 and Basic Edition #4

GenderFail: Mother Nature is a Lesbian, Hawking Sexist Chemicals, and HOMOPHOBIA

Malaka Gharib: The Runcible Spoon  

Elizabeth Graeber: Common Garden Weeds and Drawings in Museums       

Adam Griffiths: Washington White and Permanent Night

Suzanne Gold: Sunset

Hair Club: Remnants

Paige Hanserd: Gussy and Everybody Hurts

HUE: Chinese White and Bone Black

Kat and Kendra: Mission: Date Night and SpaceJinx #1

Justine Kelley: Critters

Athena Naylor: Pre-Boarding, Untitled, and JOAN

Pellinore Press: The Crystal Lens and Castle Bean            

J Pascoe: Parables for City Living, per aspera ad astra, and Things We Know But Cannot See

Press Press: If I Ruled The World and The Makings of: Public’s and Liberation

Anna Sellheim: Everything’s Fine and And on and on

Paul Shortt: How to Be a Larger Child and Blocked/Unblocked

Ulises: “What a Book Is” by Ulises Carrion

Xelavice: Solstice, Cortada, and Inktober 2017

ABOUT the Artist-curator

Christopher Kardambikis explores space, process, and form through books, printmaking, and drawing. He has co-founded three artist book and zine projects: Encyclopedia Destructica in Pittsburgh, Gravity and Trajectory in San Diego, and 90 Proof Press in Los Angeles.  Christopher is the host of Paper Cuts, a program originating on Clocktower Radio that documents the contemporary world of zines and DIY publishing. In the fall of 2016, he joined the faculty at George Mason University as an Assistant Professor and the Director of Navigation Press.  He received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and MFA from the University of California, San Diego.



WPA invites artists to curate a selection on a periodic basis. The first Bookshelves was organized by Bookish, an itinerant artist bookstore run by Shannon Patrick, a MICA graduate, creative director of Bookish Baltimore, professional photographer, and bartender. All of the books are for sale.


February 16  July 5, 2018


Washington Project for the Arts
2124 8th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001