Ato Ribeiro (b. 1989) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but spent the formative years of his life in Accra, Ghana. He received his B.A. from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and has worked in a variety of media, including sculpture, installation art, drawing and printmaking. His work has been exhibited at venues such as the Nubuke Foundation (Accra, Ghana), ABSA Gallery (Johannesburg, South Africa), the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Headquarters (Farmington Hills, Michigan), The Ink Shop (Ithaca, New York), Agnes Scott College Dalton Gallery (Atlanta, Georgia), and most recently at the Cranbrook Art Museum (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan), The Carr Center (Detroit, Michigan), Detroit Artist Market Gallery (Detroit, Michigan), the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art (Detroit, Michigan), the Next Step Studios and Gallery (Ferndale, Michigan) and Anastasia Tinari Projects (Chicago, Illinois). Ribeiro recently completed his M.F.A. in Print Media from Cranbrook Academy of Art and is currently a 2017 Summer Fellow at the Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan.
Dafni Kalafati / Greece Fulbright Fellow
Dafni is a freelance documentary filmmaker and art therapist, based in Athens Greece. She was born in her homeland at the beginning of the eighties. She studied Intercultural Education and Photography and then followed a master’s degree in art therapy, in the school of fine arts of Buenos Aires, in Argentina. There she worked for several years in the public mental institution «Borda» as an art therapist using the new media (video and photography) as therapeutic tools. Her love for social action and the arts made her engaged in documentary film making and since then she has travelled to some of the most remote parts of the planet together with her video camera filming documentaries and teaching photography and art . Among others, she has filmed documentaries with the indigenous tribes of the Amazon basin and with the street children of the big Argentinian metropolis of Buenos Aires, travelled with a group of scientists through Africa’s East Coast in search of traditional ways to preserve solar and wind energy, she has followed the truck drivers in their arduous journey from Tajikistan to China through the Pamir Highway and captured the Greek sponge divers diving in depths of over 50 m in the Aegean Sea in their search for sponges. Nowadays she lives in Athens where she splits her time between conducting Art Therapy and Participatory Video workshops and developing her personal documentary projects. Since 2008 she has founded the N.G.O. AMAKA which runs various programs of social help through the Arts catering for underprivileged urban groups. Whatever free time remains, she likes to spend it on the mountains.
Eileen Shaughnessy and Catherine Newth
Eileen and Cathy met at a life changing Work that Reconnects Intensive retreat in Guelph, Ontario, in May 2016. Discovering a shared deep care for the natural world, resistance to oppression in all its forms, and passion for living social justice through a community oriented approach to music making, they quickly formed a productive working relationship. Since that day, they have facilitated, recorded, and toured together, bringing a message of resilience and hope to audiences across Canada. They draw upon expertise in individual and collective healing from trauma, engaging, inspiring and mobilizing humans through music, and oppression aware facilitation to create a collaboration that is multifaceted and unique.
Glynn B. Cartledge
With black shoulder-length hair down and immaculate pin-stripe suit, Glynn Cartledge strode into the cavernous waiting room of a maximum-security prison. It was in the remote desert area of Ely, Nevada and she was meeting a new client. The “cop-killer.” Edward. A 6’ 2” comely, Death Row inmate, he stood anxiously at attention beside one of the front cafeteria tables, anticipating her arrival. After pulling away from this stranger’s needy hug, she noticed his inscrutable blue eyes beaming through a flat affect. There he was. Glynn’s innocent charge. The man she would represent for over twenty years. Edward and three others faced the death penalty for the murder of a policeman. On the advice of trial counsel and without a plea agreement, Edward pleaded guilty to capital murder. Then, at his only hearing, his lawyer proceeded to tell the court that Edward was “a Judas Goat…who lured the victim, James Hoff to the scene of his death…[T]hese other boys were influenced and coerced and under the dominion and control of my client, [Edward]…” who “was yelling for his friends to stab Jim Hoff.” An artist who spent twenty-five years working as a criminal lawyer, Glynn Cartledge is concerned with issues of criminal justice. Glynn primarily focuses on the formerly incarcerated, a marginalized population that suffers isolation, continued punishment, and government-imposed impediments to successful reentry. Her work explores through interactive art the relationship that society has with those of us who have committed crimes and to the process of re-criminalization.
Jessica Lawless was an adjunct professor for nearly a decade, including at Santa Fe Community College. She left teaching to organize adjunct faculty unions in the Bay Area. A writer and artist, Jessica speaks, and facilitates workshops about emotional and material realities of living in economic precarity. She co- curated and produced No Justice No Service: Bay Area Art, Education, and Justice Festival, is a regular contributor to make/shift magazine: feminisms in motion, was recently interviewed on Contrivers Review, and invited to present at the Houston Art League and The Howard Zinn Book Fair. Her work has been shown at festivals and spaces including the REDCAT in Los Angeles, PS 122 in New York, The Chicago Anarchist Film Festival, and The Queer Country Road Show in Madrid, NM.
Marjorie Beaucage is a filmmaker, cultural worker, and community-based video activist. She was born in Vassar Manitoba and her work as an artist, formally began at age 40 when she attended Film School at Ryerson. Culture is a collective agreement. Being Métis, Marjorie is also committed to building cultural bridges between worlds through her creations/stories. In 2005, she created A Medicine Wheel for the Indian Act as a tool for de-colonisation and restoring relations between cultures as well as a DVD Medicine Bundle for Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS: Me Mengwa Maa Sinatae: Butterfly Patterns of Light. Marjorie is committed to creating a living legacy with the People and making room for diverse worldviews and storytelling. In 2016 she finished “COMING IN: Stories of Two Spirit in Saskatchewan …Taking Our Place.” As a film and video maker, her work has been screened in bingo halls and at City Hall, from Northern Labrador to New Zealand. Some videos are passed around the community; some are in public libraries and at University Film Schools and Art Departments. They have a life of their own. Some work has been screened on specialty channels – wtn, aptn, Knowledge Network, pride vision and Global. Marjorie’s work also has been programmed in Festivals and Gallery shows from Berlin to Edmonton, Canada House in London, MOMA in New York- in a variety of contexts. Her life work has been about creating social change, working to give people the tools for creating possibilities and right relations. Whether in the classroom, community organizations or the arts, her goal has been to pass on the stories, knowledge and skills that will make a difference for the future. In the world of making room for difference and accessing the means of production in the 1990’s, Marjorie was a key agent of change promoting access for Aboriginal artists. As co-founder of the Aboriginal Film and Video Art Alliance, and the “Runner” for the People, Marjorie established the Aboriginal Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Michael Murphy is the executive director and founder of MASS Design Group, an architecture and design collaborative that leverages buildings, as well as the design and construction process, to become catalysts for economic growth, social change, and justice. MASS’s work has been recognized globally, and published widely. Most recently, MASS has been recognized as winners of the 2017 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, The Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices Award, the Curry Stone Design Prize and as finalists for The Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Recent projects have appeared in Architectural Record, CNN and The New York Times. Michael’s 2016 TED talk has reached over a million views and he teaches at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation. Michael is from Poughkeepsie, NY and holds a Masters in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Omar Sakr is a bisexual Arab Australian poet from Western Sydney who holds a BA in Communication (Writing & Cultural Studies) from the University of Technology, Sydney (2010), as well as a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Sydney (2013). His poetry has been published in English, Arabic, and Spanish, and appeared in numerous publications, both national and international. Notable Australian publications include: Best Australian Poems 2016, Contemporary Australian Poetry, Griffith Review, Island Magazine, Overland, Meanjin, Cordite Poetry Review, Mascara Literary Review, Peril Magazine, and Going Down Swinging. International publications include: Circulo de Poesía, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, Strange Horizons, Wildness, and Cosmonaut’s Avenue. Omar has had poetry commissioned for digital projects by Red Room Company, as well as the Melbourne City of Literature office, and has been shortlisted for the Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets, the ACU Poetry Prize, and the Story Wine Prize (flash fiction). His debut collection of poetry, These Wild Houses, came out in February 2017 through Cordite Books. He is currently the poetry editor of The Lifted Brow. Omar’s creative and critical non-fiction has also been published widely in publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Kill Your Darlings, Archer, Going Down Swinging, Junkee, Daily Life, Overland, SBS Life, The Lifted Brow, and The Wheeler Centre. As of May this year, Omar was the recipient of a Hot Desk Fellowship in support of his debut novel, A Boy Unwoven.
Sabine Mirlesse holds a BA in Religious Studies and English Literature from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. In 2010 she graduated with a MFA in Photography from Parsons the New School for Design in New York City. Her work explores ideas of mythology, ritual, thresholds, imprints and traces, the individual’s relationship to landscape, and the power of nature. Photography is her primary medium however drawings, video, writing and found images are also incorporated into her practice. Mirlesse’s work has been the subject of features in The British Journal of Photography, Time Magazine’s, Interview Magazine, The New Yorker, and Le Monde’s “M”. She was nominated three times for World Press Photo’s annual Joop Swart Masterclass (2009, 2011, 2012). Mirlesse has contributed as a writer to The Paris Review, BOMB Magazine,Aperture, Art in America, and the Pompidou Center’s Les Cahiers quarterly journal collecting more than twenty five interviews with various artists and curators. She is part of the faculty at Paris College of Art, and a visiting lecturer at Parsons Paris. Her first book, a collection of photographs and drawings made in Iceland between 2011-2013 entitled ‘As if it should have been a quarry’ was released in late 2013 with Damiani publishers and includes an introductory essay by Eduardo Cadava. As if it should have been a quarry was recently shown as a solo exhibition at La Galerie Particulière in Paris and Brussels.
Shelbie Loomis is a publicly engaged artist and banker, who focus her time and efforts on socio-economic research and creates artwork about forgotten social groups such as the local Santa Fe elderly, third-world countries that she has traveled to, and as of late a social group called the precariat. She is engaged with the community by working on murals through Keeping Santa Fe Beautiful, sits on New Mexico Professional Business Women of Santa Fe executive board which involves themselves with legislation for equal opportunity for jobs and education for women, and puts forth efforts with small business owners through banking to helping them grow financially. Loomis graduated from Santa Fe University of Art and Design in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Magna Cum Laude after receiving the first Governor’s Scholarship for full tuition in 2010. Since then she has been honored as a 2013 SITE Santa Fe Scholar, President’s Departmental award recipient, and was recently awarded the 2017 Young Professional Business Women of Santa Fe. She hopes to continue conversations about socio-economics, gender, social and financial norms and include more people of diversity through education, artwork, and workshops.