Dilara Akay is an artist and activist living and working in Istanbul. Her sculptures that consist of forms and/or formats extends her concepts and opinions on women emancipation, imposed gender identities, forms of political dominance on individual and social life, on manipulation of tradition and Modernism. Her works reflect her experience of finding her inner forces for social commitment as well as convey an energy to convince people to associate their experience with her work. She is the founder director of an art platform HAYAKA ARTI since 2005. She supports NGO’s and their missions with her works: Creative Commons with interfacegallery.com (2009-on going); Right to Water Campaign (2013-on going); Beslan Mothers in ALANICA Symposium/North Ossetia (2013); ÇATOM (UNDP) in Mardin Biennial/Turkey (2014-2015); and LGBTI Istanbul with ‘Civil Ceremony’ happening (2014). She is an Ambassador of Terzo Paradiso project of Michelangelo Pistoletto and Cittedellarte since 2014.
Cree Métis Visual Artist Jason Baerg graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts (Drawing and Painting) and a Masters of Fine Arts from Rutgers University. Formally, he pushes new boundaries in digital interventions in drawing, painting and new media installation. Recent international solo exhibitions include: The Illuminato Festival in Toronto, Canada, The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and the Digital Dome at the Institute of the American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Jason Baerg has given formal artist talks at such institutions as the Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design, Auckland, New Zealand, New York City’s Parsons School of Design and the University of Toronto. In 2008, Jason Baerg won the Emerging Artist Award for the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts, granted on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Culture. He has sat on numerous art juries and won awards through such facilitators as the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and The Toronto Arts Council.
Daniel Banks, Ph.D., is a theatre director, choreographer, educator, and dialogue facilitator. He has worked extensively in the U.S. and abroad, having directed at such notable venues as the National Theatre of Uganda (Kampala), the Belarussian National Drama Theatre (Minsk), The Market Theatre (Johannesburg, South Africa), the Hip Hop Theatre Festival (New York and Washington, D.C.), the Oval House (London), and served as choreographer/movement director for productions at New York Shakespeare Festival/Shakespeare in the Park, Singapore Repertory Theatre, La Monnaie/De Munt (Brussels), Landestheater (Saltzburg), Aaron Davis Hall (Harlem), and for Maurice Sendak/The Night Kitchen. Daniel has served on the faculties of the Department of Undergraduate Drama, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, the MFA in Contemporary Performance at Naropa University, the M.A. in Applied Theatre at City University of NY, and most recently as Chair of Performing Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. He is the founder and director of the Hip Hop Theatre Initiative that uses Hip Hop Theatre to promote youth self-expression and leadership training. HHTI has worked on campuses and in communities across the U.S. and in Ghana, South Africa, Hungary, Azerbaijan, Israel, and Mexico. He is a long-time advisor in the Gallatin School for Individualized Studies and on the Founding Board of the Hip Hop Education Center in the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education in the Steinhardt School, both at NYU.
Sean Connelly is a Hawai’i architect, visual artist, and interdisciplinary designer working with spatial systems and societies. His focus on economy and ecology concerns the interactions of material, information, energy, and time as technologic planetary systems humans design, and redesign. Sean is the author of Hawai‘i Futures, with sculptures including A Small Area of Land, and Land Division. His portfolio of work that includes research and contributions to international design publications, and design projects for the Whitney Museum in New York, the Venice Biennale, the Hawai‘i State Department of Transportation, and the Honolulu Museum of Art. His work has been presented on TEDx, and published on different venues online, like BLDGBLOG. From the sloped and fluted faces of Kona and Ko‘olaupoko of O‘ahu, Sean is most passionate about being an uncle, brother, and friend, and believes the Hawaiian Islands are among the biggest places on Earth.
Born in San Angelo Texas (1980) Joerael is a narrative artist with a focus on creating complex figurative works. His figurative works focus on the subtle body, psychological imprint and the metabolic hum. In the figures Joerael weaves current and historical content pertaining to social justice, to Earth’s environment, and that of the sacred. His works range from small scale mixed media drawings and paintings to large murals. Joerael has developed a visual and conceptual vocabulary from his direct experience as a yoga practitioner/teacher, activist, traveler and as a Texan . Elliott’s intentions as a narrative artist and a teacher of Yoga is to create non-reductive works that cultivate a contemplative space of liberty through symbolism and the creative unconscious.
An anthropologist, David received his PhD in 1984 from the University of Arizona, based on field research on irrigation in India. His career has focused on water, including five years with the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka and 13 years in Washington, DC working with consulting firms and the World Bank, on water and natural resources policies in developing countries. More recently, David has focused on environmental and cultural aspects of water policies. His work as director of the Santa Fe Watershed Association (2006 to 2009) highlighted the role of community values in driving water policies. He established the Water-Culture Institute in 2009 to promote the integration of values and ethics into water policies and practices. These concepts are detailed in his 2013 book, Water Ethics: A Values Approach to Solving the Water Crisis (Routledge). David is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico.
Le Gear graduated from GMIT (IE) with an honors degree in Sculpture in 2007. Le Gear produces imagery in moving and still image, sound and installation; illustrating her investigation of phenomena such as water memory. Exploring unquantifiable substances and theories, she uses experimental methodologies and intuitive processes, including those of homeopathy. Her work is currently included in a group show, Et Si on S’etait Trompe which is touring Ireland from the Centre Cultural Irelandais in Paris. Previous shows include solo exhibitions at CCA Laznia, Gdansk (2015), Polar Forces: universe of an iceberg at Leitrim Sculpture Centre(IE) and Cork Film Centre in (2013). Water that Sleeps at Galway Arts Centre in (2009). Group shows include Contemporary Art at Tell in the university of St.Gallen, Switzerland (2014) Crystalline at the Millennium Court Arts Centre (2012) and Ev+a (2008).
Kathleen McCloud lives and works in La Cieneguilla, a historic Spanish land grant just south of Santa Fe city limits along the Santa Fe River. The river and the culture it has supported over thousands of years as it flows downstream where it joins the Rio Grande near Cochiti Pueblo, is a powerful influence on her work. The wildlife and echo of abandoned pueblo settlement ruins, combined with the growth taking place on Santa Fe’s ‘Southside’, all dependent upon the river and the springs (cienegas), are reminders that she is passing through as well. As a plant or animal species in the high desert of New Mexico she’d be classified as ‘exotic invasive’, having migrated west from her birth city of White Plains, NY. The outsider, the non-native, is key to her art making process. McCloud’s visual essays, which include printmaking processes, painting and object making, take the perspective of the timeless storyteller- provoking conversation between traditional systems and the new.
Issa Nyaphaga is internationally known as a political cartoonist and activist from Cameroon (West-Central Africa). In 1996, Issa Nyaphaga left Cameroon to seek asylum in France, where he engaged in innovative social education and art therapy projects with a wide variety of at-risk groups of youth, including child soldiers from Africa. Issa collaborated with the famous photographer Jacqueline Hyde, a former assistant to Man Ray. Because of his devotion to refugee and immigrant issues, Issa was invited to speak before the French National Assembly on the 50th anniversary of the Geneva Convention on the Status of Refugees for the U.N. High Commission on Refugees in 2001 and in 2015 to defend artistic expression. As a way to remain in connect with his native land, Issa founded HITIP, a non-profit, community-based organization established to improve the quality of life for marginalized indigenous Tikar and Bedzan (Pygmy) people living in equatorial rain forest of Cameroon.
Zeke Peña’s interdisciplinary work about the U.S./Mexico border community explores universal themes by remixing contemporary and historical narratives. Through community engagement, collaboration, and radical praxis Peña makes work to activate audiences. He portrays people from his community and fictional characters in tragicomical stories to re-contextualize issues about migration, transnational culture and human rights. Using new and traditional media, Peña produces work informed by comic books, cinematography and border culture. He is self-taught in his studio practice, received a degree in Visual Studies (Art History) from the University of Texas at Austin and has exhibited at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Albuquerque Hispanic Cultural Center, Houston Center of Photography, El Paso Museum of Art, Museo de Arte Ciudad Juárez as well as galleries in Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Antonio, Houston and Mexico City.
Christine Howard Sandoval is a multi- media artist who uses methods of documentary narrative to convey future realities within a quickly changing social and physical global landscape. Sandoval has exhibited nationally and internationally including Designtransfer, Universität der Künste Berlin (2013), El Museo Del Barrio, NY (2013), and Socrates Sculpture Park, NY (2010) and was nominated for a 140 Foundation Artist Grant (2011). Sandoval has been an artist-in-residence at Triangle Arts (2010) and The Vermont Studio Center (2010). She holds a BFA from Pratt Institute (2006), and an MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons, The New School for Design (2013). She is currently a teacher at Parsons and Program Coordinator for CALL/ City as Living Laboratory, NYC- a non-proﬁt spearheaded by artist Mary Miss to establish a platform for artists, working in collaboration with scientists and the public, to make sustainability tangible through the arts. Sandoval was born in CA and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Elise Sibley Chandler is a conceptual transmedia artist and anthropologist living in Marfa, Texas in the Chihuahuan Desert along the Texas Mexico border. She produces multisensory, site-specific installations, videos and performances based on ethnographic research to investigate the embodied experience of hidden water systems. Elise is a Teaching Artist and Public Programs and Outreach Coordinator for Marfa Studio of Arts, Harpist for Desert Lion reggae band, and Technician at the Sustainable Agricultural Water Conservation Rio Grande Basin research project. She received baccalaureate degrees in both Studio Art and Anthropology with a certificate in Native American and Indigenous Studies from UT Austin in 2013. She engaged diverse communities as thinkEAST Austin Affordable Living and Working Development Project Coordinator with Fusebox Festival for an ArtPlace America Grant in 2015. Elise continues to use art to for adaptation planning for the Rio Grande Basin.
Dara Silverman is an artist currently living in the Bay Area. As founder of Agile Rascal Theatre, she led her company on a bicycle tour across the country, performing her original play “Sunlight on the Brink,” in cities and towns along the way. Her play, “Purple Beastly” was a finalist for the 2016 Jewish Plays Project and her films have won awards at The Crossroads Film Festival and The deadCenter Film Festival. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in film from NYU, and a Master’s Degree from San Francisco State in playwriting. Dara thinks of her projects as experiments, each born from a collision of questions, and resulting in its own unique universe, complete with rules of science and magic, patterns of behavior and specific aesthetics. As part of her process, she allows her current pre-occupations to embed themselves inside these unfamiliar landscapes, revealing connections and complexity.
The 2016 Taiwan Ministry of Culture Fellow, Yung-shan Tsou is a Berlin-based Taiwanese artist whose work involved handwriting and bookmaking as conceptual artistic expressions. After completing her Meisterschüler study at Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin in 2011, Tsou exhibits her growing folio of works a diverse exhibitions. Her artists books are collected in USA, Canada, UK, Germany and in Taiwan. Tsou is intensively involved in novel writing since 2011. In 2013 she won the first prize of Taoyuan County Creative Writing Awards in the category of short stories in Taiwan.She has two published novels:THE WAITING ROOM. Its French version La Salle d’attente will be published in September 2016; A TRAVELER’S GUIDE TO RIDE-SHARING, which was rendered into the music piece Falling Farewell and was premiered by KNM Berlin in Innovation Series Soundscape—Literature into Music in 2014.
Andrew Williams (b. 1988) is a photographer currently based in Dallas, Texas and on the road. His photography of contemporary America is an interpretation of how the U.S. culture interacts with the natural environment. His work strives to transform the ways in which we view our relation to Nature. Andrew was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He holds a BFA from Parsons The New School for Design as well as the 2012-2013 Vera List Writing Award.