Adele Balderston is a place-based storyteller from Kailua, Hawai‘i. Working at the intersection of geography, art and activism, Adele promotes awareness of socio-spatial inequality through mapping and interaction with urban environments. She holds an MA in Geography from Hunter College (CUNY) and a BA in New Media Communication Studies from New York University. Her involvement with storytelling through mapping, public art and urban exploration began at Soundwalk where she produced audio walking tours of neighborhoods, institutions and museums all over the world. In 2010 she served as assistant director of Conflux, New York City’s annual festival for contemporary psychogeography. She is cofounder of the Brooklyn-based artist collective, B&AB Projects, which from 2010-2012 produced pop-up exhibitions in unconventional spaces including garages, rooftops and inside a refrigerator. In 2014 she created 88 Block Walks, an ongoing series of walking tours in Kaka’ako, a Honolulu neighborhood currently undergoing large-scale redevelopment. Inspired by the atlases of Rebecca Solnit and the Detroit Geographical Expeditions of William Bunge and Gwendolyn Warren, 88 Block Walks aims to remove the lens through which landowners and developers present Kaka’ako’s narrative to the public and invite the community to create their own. In 2016 Adele received a grant from the Hawai’i Council for the Humanities to produce the fifth walking tour in the 88 Block Walks series—a multimedia living history experience featuring actors and projections entitled “The Living Archive”—which will debut in fall 2017.
Aditya Rawal is a writer and actor from Mumbai, India. After completing a six-month course in devised theatre at the London International School of Performing Arts, he went on to graduate from the Dramatic Writing MFA Program at NYU, Tisch. His play, The Queen, was produced in New York City by the Theater for the New City soon after, in May, 2016. He has since adapted Sunday: A Memoir for the screen for Tina Louise (Gilligan’s Island) and is currently developing screenplays for directors in India and the United States. His short films and plays have been screened and performed at multiple festivals around the world. Aditya co-authored two story books on child rights, which are part of the Australia Quality Education Program. Additionally, he has conducted workshops on playwriting in London and New York City.
Ann Lewis is a multidisciplinary activist artist using painting, installation, and participatory performance to explore themes related to American identity, power structures, and justice. In early 2014 the artist garnered national media attention when she installed an oversized police tape banner that read ‘GENTRIFICATION IN PROGRESS’ at the former graffiti mecca 5 Pointz in Queens, New York. Her work was exhibited in the White House in the fall of 2015 during the Obama Administration. In early 2017 her work was acquired by the New York Historical Society Museum. Since receiving her bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, her art has been reviewed in Blouin Art Info, Hyperallergic, Brooklyn Street Art, Huffington Post, Le Monde, and The New York Times. She has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the US and abroad including shows at Petzel Gallery in New York, Seyhoun Gallery in Tehran, Iran, and Truth to Power during the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Lewis has lectured at PACE University as well as CAA, and is a teaching artist with the Young New Yorkers. She has recently been selected for the Equal Justice Residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute during the 2017-18 season. Through community organizing, participatory performance events, murals, uncommissioned street work, gallery installations, and curatorial projects she continues her dialog of mindful and social evolution.
Confluence Collective creates Random Acts of Art at the intersection of community transformation, climate, and civil rights. Founded in late 2016 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Confluence convenes art practitioners and curators to co-conceptualize socially-engaged public space projects that extend into the community in urgent ways. We embrace visual, sound, multimedia, choral, film, body, literary, spoken word, theatrical arts to wake-up and shake-up our still somnolent world regarding environmental justice and civil rights; New Mexico’s energy sacrifice zones; the climate crisis; the sixth great extinction; and planet earth careening into oblivion with current fossil fuel and large-scale agriculture practices. We are gathering as alchemists to creatively transform in a positive manner, the texture of civic dialog. Nonviolence in image, word, and movement guides the creative drama of our investigatory approach to art, as we strive to grow the environmental movement. Confluence is guided by the principle that no people should sacrifice their health or wellbeing for the sake of under-regulated, inappropriately located, or climate-ignorant industrial development. We envision a 100% environmentally safe and habitable world for generations to come, and the consciousness required for a nonviolent/nontoxic world. The time for fossil fuels is over. The time for renewable energy is now. Confluence Collective core members participating in the Equal Justice residency include: Ahní Rocheleau (founder), Mayumi Nishida, Alicia Marie Da Silva Rencountre, Bobbe Besold, and Cate Cabot, all involved in visual and performance art. Confluence is the flowing together of separated energies, a merging force reconnecting humanity with biotic communities.
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.
Darice Polo was born in New York City and studied drawing and painting at SUNY, Albany (MFA) and the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan (BFA). Polo is a 2016 recipient of a Creative Workforce Fellowship awarded by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and a 2015 recipient of a Puffin Foundation Grant; both in support of her independent film, A Wise Latina Woman. Polo was one of nine artists responding to Trump’s first 100 days as president in the highly anticipated exhibition The First 100+ Days at Spaces Gallery in Cleveland. Two of her large-scale drawings (each almost eight feet long) included the text as represented in their titles “Immigration Mass Deportation” and “Resist Agent Orange.” Steven Litt of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote in his review, “The real marvel of the drawings is that Polo has drawn each razor sharp letter with infinitesimally subtle shading that lends power, intensity and presence to the words.” In 2016 her work was included in the exhibition Latino Art of the Midwest: Into the 21st Century at the University of Dayton. She has had solo exhibitions at West Virginia University in Morgantown; William Busta Gallery, Raw & Co Gallery and Some Time Gallery in Cleveland; and has exhibited throughout the U.S.—New York, San Francisco, Sacramento, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, San Antonio, and at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. Polo is an Associate Professor of drawing and painting at Kent State University’s School of Art.
After B.A. at the University of Montreal, she was hired as a communication specialist for a company. She worked for eight years until multiple sclerosis forced her to stop. After taking some time off to cope with the diagnosis, she went back to study something that fascinated her for a long time: East Asian Studies. From learning Mandarin, to Chinese philosophy and history, she found herself learning Chinese calligraphy, which strangely led to acrylic in 1998. She has been painting with passion ever since. Since 1998, she did more than fifteen exhibitions; from Magdalen Islands to Montreal, Bothell (WA) to Japan, where she won the FIRST PRIZE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION 2013-2014, BIG-I ART PROJECT for the painting: “ Frank’s desert” in Osaka, Japan. And, awarded for the “2016 Hiroaki Nakatsugawa Prize” at the same event, for her painting “Singing With Her Soul”. She is Raw Art fanatic. She likes this form of art because it comes from artists who experienced what it is to be on fringes of society like her and where technic doesn’t matter, only expression. Her life is marked by practical limitations. She has her own way of working which is partly due to her disability. Strangely, while this limits her, it also gives her complete freedom.
This collaboration is generously supported by La Familia Medical Center (Santa Fe, NM), and aside from Jackie Munro, all artists are patients in LFMC’s Substance Abuse Treatment Program for pregnant women.
Jackie Munro is a filmmaker, photographer and educator working at the intersection of storytelling and community engagement. She believes in the ability of intimate documentary work to help us know individuals who seem very different from us as well as more deeply understand ourselves, our place in our communities and our ability to affect change. Jackie produces communication campaigns for mission-driven organizations with her company Stories for Change in Santa Fe, NM. Using collaborative, storytelling-based processes, she co-produces the content for her campaigns with those most affected by a social issue. Her first feature-length documentary, Una Nueva Tierra (A New Land), is currently on the festival circuit. The film traces the struggles of three families living on the Pajarito Mesa, a breathtakingly beautiful but perpetually trash-ridden swath of desert overlooking Albuquerque, NM without access to water or electricity. As a director, Jackie’s work has screened on NoBudge.com, at Cinema Club in Brooklyn, NY and the Ashland Independent Film Festival in Ashland, OR. Jackie has taught photography at the International Center of Photography, New York University, PhotoManhattan and Santa Fe Community College. She has implemented community-based photography education projects in Nicaragua and Paraguay. She is currently developing a documentary film set in rural Nicaragua, where she has taught photography and made photographs and videos for 10 years. She holds a BFA in Photography & Imaging from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has studied Spanish through Instituto Cervantes in New York City and Albuquerque, NM.
Nicole Romero is a mother of 3 from Santa Fe, NM. She believes strongly in women’s rights and supporting women who have been victims of domestic violence. She has felt the effect of the stigma of addiction in her life, as someone who was formerly addicted to heroin, and hopes that by sharing her story she can open peoples’ minds. Nicole attends many domestic violence and parenting support groups and strives to be the best mom she can be by teaching her daughters the difference between right and wrong, how to take care of themselves and how to be emotionally stable. She hopes to soon complete her Community Health Worker certificate at Santa Fe Community College so that she can help others in her situation. Her message to those suffering from addiction is to not give up on their health, which is the source of life. Nicole likes to take afternoon walks with her family, make photographs and appreciate her daughters’ laughs. According to her daughter, “my mom should believe that she can do anything.”
Candice McKim was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM. She was addicted to heroin and crack for 7 years and decided to change her life when she learned that she was pregnant. She has not used for 5 years. Candice was sexually assaulted at a young age and then repeatedly assaulted when she lived on the streets. She suffers from PTSD from these assaults. She believes that women have the right to be in control of their own bodies and that there is never an excuse for sexual assault. She hopes that by telling her story through photography, she can draw women together to engage in conversation about these issues and ultimately move toward justice for victims. “Being raped takes everything from you,” she says, “but getting help and having your story listened to helps you reclaim yourself.” Candice enjoys spending time with her family, taking her daughter to the park, the movies and swimming. She couldn’t be so successful without the support of her boyfriend and her family. She also appreciates ongoing counseling and the friendly staff of La Familia Medical Center. Candice hopes to complete her GED and advance her career to build a better life for her daughter. She is also happy to report that she is Hepatitis C-free. Candice likes taking pictures because it’s soothing and fun, and she has learned a great deal about herself by doing so. She enjoys being able to see clearly and live a sober life.
Jolene Martinez is a mother of 3 from Santa Fe, NM. She believes strongly in God, that things happen for a reason and that individuals can recover from addiction if they are committed to making it happen. Jolene has struggled with domestic violence and not having a stable home. She used heroin for a year and a half and entered treatment after getting out of jail for the last time. She credits her time in jail for helping her get her head clear through bible study. “But when you get out, it’s hard,” she says, “Everything you planned, you have to make it happen.” When Jolene learned she was pregnant with her third child, she committed to staying off heroin. Jolene loves photographing her kids. Her two older children are being put up for adoption through the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD), and she visits them every opportunity she gets. She likes taking pictures of moments with them and their fleeting expressions. She hopes that her story can expose the injustice of CYFD and how it is separating her family and making her recovery more challenging. Jolene likes to draw, share food and chat with her family, make art, play games and joke with her kids and see how much her baby changes and learns every day. “I didn’t know what love was until my son was born, and I held him in my arms,” she says, “All I want to do is be a good mom to them.”
Kate Daughdrill and Bel Falleiros
Kate Daughdrill and Bel Falleiros work with installation, ceremony, sculpture, plants, writing, drawing, cooking, and performance to cultivate a spirit of re-connection with ourselves, the land, and each other.
Kate Daughdrill is an artist, urban farmer, and writer based in Detroit. In 2011, Kate bought a house for $600 and founded Burnside Farm, an urban farm and art ashram on the eastside of Detroit. It is the hub of her art practice and a place for artists, neighbors, and healers to come together for profound artistic experiences and soulful gatherings. Kate is currently cultivating ceremonial dinners that explore the relationship between plants, meditation, wildness, healing, and artistic energy. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has been featured in the New York Times, Dwell, and Oprah Magazine.
Bel Falleiros is a Brazilian artist with a background in architecture whose artistic research originates from direct contact with the landscape–walking through it. From her hometown, São Paulo, to other places around the world, she has worked to unearth the stories and elements that constitute the identity of land. When she travels, she searches for recurrent symbols across places and cultures; she’s participated in residencies and activities to that end at the Sacatar Institute (Itaparica, Bahia), MAXXI Museum (Rome, Italy) and Pecos National Historical Park (New Mexico, U.S.A.). She is currently working on a site-specific earth work at Burnside Farm, a navel for the Land.
Kate and Bel’s shared interests in the sacred feminine, the land, and food have brought them together to collaborate and work alongside each other in rural Virginia, Detroit, and now, New Mexico!
Mercedes Dorame, born in Los Angeles, California, is a member of the tribe of Gabrielino Tongva Indians of California and received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and her BA from UCLA. She uses the camera to engage ideas of cultural construction and has worked as a Native American cultural resource monitor over the past 18 years. She has shown her work internationally and is part of the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum in Berkeley, California. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from: Loop Artist Residency, En Foco’s New Works Photography Fellowship program, Galería de la Raza for her solo exhibition there, the Harpo Foundation for a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, and from the Photography Department at the San Francisco Art Institute for her MFA Studies. She received the Phelan Award, the John Collier Award, the Paul Sack award, and a best in show award for her self-published book “Living Proof”. Her writing and photographs have been featured in publications such as News From Native California and 580 Split. She has been interviewed about her work by PBS Newshour, KCET Artbound, the Harpo Foundation, Culture Strike, Black Boots Ink and KQED’s video podcast Gallery Crawl. She has given lectures about her work at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Ithaca College and as part of the PhotoAlliance lecture series in San Francisco, CA.
Sebastian Hirn has realized a large number of projects as freelance director for theatre and opera – ranging from unusual productions of classical operas or plays to performances or videos – in Germany and abroad. His method of working transcends established disciplines and moves within the space between fine art, theatre/dance and music. It is characterised by a great interest in experiments and openness that often results in collaborations with visual artists, musicians/composers or scholars. He also works as stage and video designer. His productions were shown at various theatres such as Wiener Festwochen, Wuppertaler Bühnen, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Münchner Volkstheater, Mozartfestpiele Schwetzingen, Burgtheater Wien, Oper Dortmund, Schauspielhaus Bochum, MaximiliansForum München, Theaterhaus Jena, Oper Nürnberg.
Lisa Hörstmann is a freelance art historian currently doing a PhD at the Department for African Art at Freie Universität Berlin. Her thesis deals with issues of transnationalism and ambivalence in South African settler primitivism in the first half of the 20th century with a focus on women artists and the Jewish diaspora. She has worked for many years as fine arts officer for the City of Munich’s Department for Arts and Culture, curatorial assistant for MaximiliansForum in Munich and research associate for Galerie Bastian in Berlin.
Wesley Fawcett Creigh
Wesley Fawcett Creigh lives and works in Tucson, Arizona. In 2008 she completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Prescott College in the self-designed major of Public Art with an Emphasis on Social Impact. Since this time she has engaged in numerous social practice projects, two of which were funded by the Tucson Pima Arts Council through their P.L.A.C.E. Initiative grant program. Her work at this time aimed to bring the arts into community spaces, foster a sense of creative placemaking, and bring overlooked issues into the forefront of a broader community dialogue. Most recently, she has employed animation and multimedia installation for her artwork and received a grant in 2016 from the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona for an animation and installation project that examines the complexity of violence on the US/Mexico border. As an arts collaborator, she frequently works for theater companies throughout the Southwest as a set designer and scenic painter. Currently, she teaches scene design, stage lighting, theater graphics, and stagecraft at Pima Community College. Her work has often focused on sharing personal and community narratives as a means of promoting social justice for individuals and groups. Bringing these narratives to the forefront of the public’s awareness fosters social and political movement that addresses these societal inequalities and injustices. Contributions to the larger discourse are, in turn, contributions to progress.