Sarula Bao is an illustrator, zine maker, and community organizer. She directs a small press and initiative, Endless Editions, as well as the Brooklyn Art Book Fair (BKABF), founded by Paul John.
Endless Editions provides education, resource sharing and accessible and low cost publishing opportunities to emerging and underrepresented artists. Since Bao started directing the initiative in 2021, Endless has published 10 titles and fostered 15 emerging artists. BKABF is volunteer run, donation funded and free of cost for exhibitors and attendees, hosting 45 - 50 vendors, and 10 - 15 programming events. The fair provides honorariums to program facilitators, need based travel stipends and distributes funds to exhibitors whose profits did not meet a certain amount to ensure their time and labor is respected.
Bao's primary goals and practice are community creation and building by removing as many barriers of entry for artists as possible, fostering connections and providing space, platforms, resources and labor. Bao's own narrative work and zine practice are an extension of these values and explore the personal and interpersonal affects of systems of oppression.
Featured Image: To All the White Girls I’ve Loved Before, Spread 7, 2022. Courtesy of the artist.