How did it come to this?

How did it come to this? is a Zine of ongoing collaborations in our home region of the Asia-Pacific. This issue asked contributors to reflect on their current efforts and share, from their place in the world, where are we at? how did we get here? what are our hopes for the future and how are they being actioned through our response and toil and compassion?

Curated by Matt Cornell and supported by Darwin Community Arts with graphic design by Tarzan at Darwin Community Arts Untitled Gallery.

With inspiring contributions from;

  • Arie Syarifuddin of Jatiwangi Art Factory (Jatiwangi, Jawa Barat, West Java, Indonesia)
  • Caiti Baker (Darwin (and Taiwan) Northern Territory, Australia)
  • Angely Chi and Oni Regalado and Kat Petines of Art Relief Mobile Kitchens (Davao, Philippines)
  • Arien Pearson interviewed by Vanessa Spinelli (Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, Australia)

With special thanks to Anna Weekes and Bong Ramilo.

Facebook event for issue #1 launch party in Darwin at Untitled Art Gallery

check it below and buy a print copy here by emailing

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TLDR; Zine launch 🚀 this sat 10-2 at Untitled Gallery, coconut grove. I’ll be there to print and bind to order 📖 💸💁‍♂️ . Dear friends, after months in the making, back and forth around our region, this Saturday we will launch #howdiditcometothis #zine produced with the support of @darwincommunity arts with graphic design by @tarzanjunglequeen at @darwincommunityarts_untitled gallery. Such inspiring contributions from @alghorie @jatiwangiartfactory (Jatiwangi, Jawa Barat, West Java, Indonesia) and @caitibakermusic (Darwin (and Taiwan) Northern Territory, Australia) and @angely.chi and @oni.regalado74 and @kathrinepetines of @armk80 (Davao, Philippines) and @ar.ian7669 interviewed by @spinelli.ness (Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, Australia) . This is a print version. Which will be shareable at .

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