Malanya Graham is a painter, cultural worker, and native New Yorker of Jamaican descent. Their art shares genderqueer narratives of connection, separation, and transformation. By creating, Malanya continually answers the question, “How can we be present in our lives right now?” Guided by memories and dreams, they believe that creativity, courage, and imagination is vital to the future of Black queer and trans people. They are the Coordinator of Public Programs and Community Engagement at The Studio Museum in Harlem.
Inyang is a fine art photographer. She is a 2021 Nasher Artist Grant recipient and 2021 Juanita J. Craft Artist-in-Residence. Additionally, she has participated in talks and exhibitions throughout the United States. Common themes in her work include exploring identity through culture and transformation.
Mimi Bai is a sculptor born in Xi'an, China, and living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Her practice encompasses objects, film, drawing, printmaking, and installation. Using the imagery of ghosts and camouflage, Bai’s work engages with ideas of labor, assimilation, invisibility/hyper-visibility, and survival as both a lived reality and fantasy. She is currently in post-production on her first short film, 'Hide and See.' IG @meemeebye
Mor Cohen is an award-winning Israeli actress and filmmaker. As an immigrant creative living in the United States, her work naturally revolves around the concept of identity and explores the mental, emotional, and psychological struggles our generation faces as the fragile infrastructure of society crumbles under our feet. Her work has been exhibited around the world and is meant to inspire thought and reflection while bringing injustice to the surface and poking holes in outdated systems. She believes that progress is inevitable and artists are here to make sure it is beautiful and just.
Anel I. Flores is a contemporary Chicana/x Lesbiana/x artist, author and metalsmith. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Literature in 1998, her Master of Fine Arts in 2004 from Goddard College in Plainsfield, VT and studied metal smithing in San Miguel de Allende, GTO, MEX. Her literary, visual art and speaking work has been widely acknowledged with awards, appearances, lectures, exhibitions, and publications.
Carissa Samaniego is an interdisciplinary visual artist based in New Mexico (USA). Her artwork explores the intersection of place and identity through family traditions, generational knowledge, cultural ephemera, and land-based history. She works internationally with recent projects at Galerie Katovy-Klenova (Czech Republic), Kidwelly Industrial Museum (Wales), Franconia Sculpture Park (MN), Union Hall (CO), and Texas State Galleries (TX).
Eli Farinango is a Kichwa artist and visual storyteller, born in Kichwa territory (Quito, Ecuador) and raised in Turtle Island (Canada). Through her practice she explores the vastness and beauty of the healing journey while making intentional space to reclaim ancestral memory through the image. She is a graduate of the International Center of Photography, recipient of the Photographers Without Borders & Sony Scholarship, Jan Mulder scholarship (ICP), and a 2021 Women Photograph Grantee.
Floco Torres is a Hip-Hop Musician, 1/2 of the Hip-Hop duo Free Black!, Producer & Community Outreach Director. Torres' career took flight in 2011 when he received a $25,000 grant to produce the '10,000 Hours EP' w/ Grammy Nominated Producer/Percussionist Steve Moretti. Additionally, his song 'Cherry Street' went on to win 6 ADDY awards and a Mosaic award for diversity. Since his debut release 'Another World' in 2006, he has played shows with Gym Class Heroes, Chester French, Slick Rick, Raekwon, KRS-One, Black Moon, Black Milk, Desiigner, and Amine.
Arao Ameny is a writer and poet from Lira, Lango region, Northern Uganda. She is currently a Biography Writer and Editor at the Poetry Foundation. She has an MFA in Fiction Writing from U. of Baltimore, an MA in Journalism from Indiana University, and a BA in Political Science from U. of Indianapolis. Her poem “Home is a Woman” won The Southern Review’s 2020 James Olney Award; she was also a finalist for the UK-based 2021 Brunel International African Poetry Prize and nominated for the 2021 Best New Poets.
Malena Dayen is an Argentinian opera singer and director. In 2020 she won the 1st Prize in Catapult Opera’s competition for innovation in opera and The Late Walk, a new opera commissioned by the Decameron Opera Coalition she directed for Bare opera has been inducted into The Library of Congress's Performing Arts COVID-19 Response Collection. Malena co-created The Presence of Odradek, a new experimental operatic work performed live online in May 2020.
Xirin is an Iranian, New-York based multidisciplinary artist whose work studies the tensions embodied within normative romance, emphasizing the ways idealistic notions of attachment cause pain. In her work (composed of performance, painting, video, and installation), she frequently uses the form of the duet to explore how larger social power structures locate themselves within intimate relationships and to investigate what it means to love men as a feminist within patriarchy. Recently, Xirin has performed at CUE Art Foundation, A.I.R. Gallery, the Jewish Museum, Knockdown Center, and Pioneer Works.
Jelisa Jay Robinson is a Black American playwright from Houston, Texas. Her plays have been performed in Houston, Austin, New York, Chicago, Creede and San Marcos. She is a semifinalist for the Bucharest Inside the Beltway Virtual Residency (2021), and a finalist for La Mansion Baldwin Writers Residency in France (2020).
Rich Johnson is a performing artist, social entrepreneur, and creative technologist with a passion for synthesizing information and ideas into creative action, and bringing the arts to all. He is currently based in Barcelona, Spain and co-founded Centrifuge Arts, an interdisciplinary arts company creating film, theatre and mixed reality inspired by science.
Abinadi Meza is a Latinx-Indigenous (Wixárika) experimental filmmaker and sound artist based in Austin, Texas. Meza studied art, creative writing, and architecture; he makes experimental films, pirate radio, paintings/drawings, installations, and performances.
Zoey Watson is a writer, artist and zinester based in the Phoenix metro area. She recently launched Writing Club for Writers, a virtual group writing practice for anyone who wants to write, but isn’t.
Tanika I. Williams is an award-winning filmmaker and performance artist. She investigates women’s use of movement, mothering and medicine to produce and pass on ancestral wisdoms of ecology, spirituality and liberation. Williams holds a BA from Eugene Lang College, New School and MDiv from Union Theological Seminary. Williams has been awarded residencies at New York Foundation for the Arts, Hi-ARTS, and BRIC and featured on 99.5 WBAI; and in Art in Odd Places; Creative Time; Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Civic Art Lab, GreenspaceNYC, among others.
Emília Duarte is a multidisciplinary artist, based in Mozambique-Maputo, born in Moscow-Russia; childhood and adolescence lived in Italy-Rome and it’s there where she gained love for art and beauty. Her art is the expression of the beauty of things in her surroundings - the built environment-Black Women in their daily lives, relationships and emotions. Emilia Duarte holds a degree in organizational psychology, a bachelor's degree in clinical psychology, a degree in journalism and has a background in fashion design.
L. Renée is a poet and nonfiction writer whose Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets-nominated work has been published in Tin House Online, Poet Lore, the minnesota review, Women of Appalachia Project’s anthology, Women Speak: Volume 6, and elsewhere. She won the Appalachian Review’s Denny C. Plattner Award, Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Alumni Award, and is a 2021 Rattle Poetry Finalist. She earned a MFA in Poetry at Indiana University, where she served as Nonfiction Editor of the Indiana Review, and a MS in Journalism from Columbia University, where she was a Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Moore Fellow.
As a FUBU creative, Eboni is a storyteller driven to build a platform for communities of color by any means necessary. Recently completing her MFA in Documentary Production and Studies at the U. of North Texas, Eboni continues to diversify her portfolio with award-winning audio documentary, Good Soil, Good Souls: The Story of Bonton Farms, and is currently in the development phase of her community storytelling mobile app, West Dallas AR. As the new Engagement Manager at Black Public Media, Eboni is dedicated to building bridges of resources for her fellow BIPOC creatives.
Born and raised in New York City, Sonia Louise Davis is a visual artist, writer and performer. Her newest book, “slow and soft and righteous, improvising at the end of the world (and how we make a new one)” 2021, was published by Co—Conspirator Press, a publishing platform that operates out of the Feminist Center for Creative Work in Los Angeles. An honors graduate of Wesleyan University and alumna of the Whitney Independent Study Program, Sonia lives and works in Harlem. (Photo credit: Naima Green, 2021)
Bianca Janine Pettis is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked as a professional actress, playwright, visual artist, performance artist and sound artist. She holds a BA in Theatre from Antioch College, an MFA in Fine Art from the U, of MN and is currently pursuing an MFA in Composition and Experimental Sound Practices at the CA Institute of the Arts. As part of the sound art duo Beatrix*Jar, she has toured the country leading hands-on Circuit Bending Workshops paired with live sound collage performances and events they call “Audio Playgrounds” inspired by Improvisational Theater and the Fluxus Art Movement.
Laura Drey is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in Houston, TX. She weaves textiles in use in the commerce and farming industry—polypropylene sacking, burlap, and twist ties—into the strands of expansive narratives that explore themes of labor and movement, geography, government, race, class, and economics. Awards include a grant from The Warhol Foundation's Idea Fund Spark Grant for her performance reading project, Unsettled Space—by way of crops, and a nominated residency for 2021, Artist on Site with Asia Society Texas. IG: @Lauradreyart
Jennifer Perrine is the author of four award-winning books of poetry: Again, The Body Is No Machine, In the Human Zoo, and No Confession, No Mass. Their recent poems, stories, and essays appear in New Letters, The Seventh Wave Magazine, JuxtaProse, The Rumpus, Buckman Journal, and The Gay & Lesbian Review. Perrine lives in Portland, Oregon, where they co-host the Incite: Queer Writers Read series, teach creative writing to youth and adults, and serve as a diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) consultant.
Greg Ballenger is a Diné artist from Gallup, NM. He utilizes paint, clay, concrete, fiber, and performance to express his culture and perspective. He is currently based in Santa Fe, NM.
Sarah Sao Mai Habib is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and cultural worker. Her work engages the interaction between place, space, body, and the constructed borders within & between them. Most recently, Habib is focused on reawakening earth based wisdom & ritual as means for reparations on multiple scales. ig: @retrovoyance
Tina Chavera, a Mexican-American artist based in Denver, Colorado, draws on her native ancestral heritage to channel healing through a specialized crochet technique that binds natural fibers together. She holds an MFA at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, NY where she interned with Caledonia Curry (Swoon). She has had solo exhibitions in Brooklyn, NY and Denver with her stencil work featured in the pilot episode for the series Broad City. www.instagram.com/clearlycrocheted
Eriko Tsogo is an artist, curator, educator and DACA recipient born on the steppes of Mongolia – she is represented by Tappan Collective in Los Angeles and Saatchi in New York. Eriko has worked as the Creative Director at the Mongolian Culture and Heritage Center of Colorado where she founded and continues to run the “International Yurt Art Residency Program”. Eriko has exhibited at the Contemporary Mongolian Art Biennial: Innovating Tradition, Superfine Art Fair, Art Basel Miami Beach, and Saatchi's The Other Art Fairs. Her interactive installation “Mongovoo” debuted at Meow Wolf, Denver in 2021.
Daya Stanley is a visual artist from Chicago, Il, creating artistic works focused on reimagining the mundane as vibrant and flowing narratives. Her work has been a part of the Boston InPUBLIC Festival and Colorado Chautauqua's Art In The Park Wildfire Protection and Recovery Project.
Melika Dave is a multi-media artist and organizer working within the realms of painting, audio, poetry, and design. Melika is a 2021 Still Standing Artist in Residence and the founder of the emerging artist community Public Fruit.
Taylor Jackson is a multidisciplinary visual artist from Houston, Texas who focuses primarily on portrait illustration and 2D animation. Their artwork has been featured in galleries at Texas Southern University and Houston Community College.
i am a transdisciplinary healing artist, who swims in sonics, somatics, and psychedelics, in search of soul soothing. by virtue of music, movement, and medicinal magic, we make for multidimensional adventures that activate all five senses (and more !) to evoke euphoria in those we touch. together we integrate practices to guide our own art-making modes and methods for connection with self, one another, mother earth, and the pure source of creation.
Annie Y. Saldaña is a photographer and arts administrator with a BA in Graphics Arts from the U. of Puerto Rico and an MFA in Photography from Miami International University of Art and Design. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Puerto Rico, United States, United Kingdom, Mexico and Germany, attended various arts administrator and leadership programs and has received artist grants to further pursue creative projects. In addition to being a photographer, Saldaña has taught photography and graphic design and is currently Digitization Specialist at The General Archives of Puerto Rico.
Isabella Marie Garcia (Isa) is a writer and photographer who received her BA in English from Florida International University in 2019. She divides her time between working at LnS Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Coconut Grove, as an associate / artist liaison and as a freelance arts and culture writer whose written for publications such as The Miami New Times, The Art Newspaper, and So To Speak: A feminist journal of language and art. Her work incorporates both an internal and external form of psychogeography, keen on investigating sexuality, the queer experience, and the impact of systemic constraints on the expression of the self, @isamxrie on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter
Hanna Wondmagegn is an Ethiopian-U.S. American currently based in North Carolina. Her work seeks to complicate narratives while uplifting story partners and viewers. She has traveled to 14 countries and across the United States, telling visual stories of the people she meets.
An Afro-Caribbean-non-binary person raised-by-their-grandmother, Francheska is an interdisciplinary artist based in Tulsa, OK. They are a fellow at the Tulsa Artist Fellowship and recently received the Interchange Artist Grant by the Mid-America Arts Alliance for a project titled Ears to the Ground: An Ethnography of Material, Sound, and Conversations.
Imani Mixon was born and raised at the magnetic center of the world’s cultural compass — Detroit, Michigan. She is a long-form storyteller who is inspired by everyday griots who bear witness to their surroundings and report it back out. Equal parts urgent and essential, her multimedia work centers the experiences of Black women and independent artists.
A daughter of Jamaican immigrants, Stephanie Brown grew up in South Florida at the intersection of her Jamaican and Black American identities. Broadly her work is a reflection of her internal self/ancestral exploration. The work is a historical yet critical investigation of identity construction and implicit and explicit bias. Stephanie identifies as an interdisciplinary artist interweaving mediums to narrate a greater contextual story rooted in historical research and familial narratives that aim to empower people of color to discover themselves and take control of who they choose to be and become.
Jessa Jordan (noun) – A fearless, sarcastic,non-monogamous bisexual Black femme learning, living and loving in Philadelphia, PA, USA making ends meet as an independent model, actress,performer, writer, sexuality educator, indie event coordinator and ReproductiveJustice, Human Rights and Sex Worker’s Rights advocate. Published in the likesof Shout Your Abortion, HUSTLERMagazine, NASTYVol. 2, and SubvrtMag, she is now working on her first fiction novel, several short eroticastories, and the I’veGot A Playlist For That! podcast. Instagram | Twitter
Klaudia Kovács is an award-winning, Hungarian American immigrant Film & Theater Director. Kovács directed, produced, and wrote the story of TORN FROM THE FLAG, that participated in the Oscar competition in the "Best Documentary" category. The eight-time-award-winning picture is about the Cold War and the decline of Communism. Kovács and her work have been awarded with the Hero of the Freedom Fight Award by the President of the Republic of Hungary; a Certificate of Celebration for Contribution to Cinema, Art and Culture by the City of Los Angeles; and a project of hers was selected for AFI FEST’s Milestone Selection.
Alice Mizrachi is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York and Miami. Alice’s activist ideology is weaved into her studio, public art, and education practices. She has shown with the Museum of the City of New York, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and The Albright-Knox Museum; taught at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Brown University, The Laundromat Project, and BRIC Arts while also being featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, and Architectural Digest. Alice is a graduate of Parsons School of Design. https://www.instagram.com/am_nyc/
ManMan is a taiko performance artist, genre-pushing composer, and Orff-certified educator who uplifts marginalized voices through artistic expression. Driven by their identity as a queer, non-binary, neurodivergent, immigrant and a proud Hong Kong Chinese, ManMan fosters creative spaces that propergates inclusivity, celebrates cultural diversity, and builds a sustainable future for the marginalized communities worldwide.
Wi-Moto Nyoka is an award winning horror and sci-fi writer. She is the founder of Dusky Projects, creating and producing horror & sci-fi content for young adult and adult audiences. She holds a BFA in Music Theater from the University of the Arts, and an MFA for Performance & Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College.