Amber is a collage animator, who loves to draw, cut and compose her work combines textures and pattern with a clean aesthetic, to create rich narratives. She is also a keen animator, bringing the disciplines of collage into puppetry and stop-motion animation. Her work has been featured in a number of exhibitions with other Drawn Chorus Collective members as well as group exhibitions in the UK and abroad. She lives in London.
Coleen studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Whitney Independent Study Program with Owen Land (aka “George Landow”), Stan Brakhage, Yvonne Rainer, Carolee Schneemann, Jack Smith and Vito Acconci, and worked on film and sound projects for Dennis Oppenheim, Gordon Matta-Clark and Les Levine. She formed the collaborative X&Y with Robin Winters in 1976, The Offices of Fend, Fitzgibbon, Holzer, Nadin, Prince and Winters in 1979, and co-founded the New York based Collaborative Projects, Inc. (Colab) in 1977 through 1981, along with forty plus artists.
Photographer: Tom is an artist who documents journeys, experiences, thoughts, dreams, nightmares, beauty and discontents. His work ranges from metaphoric travel snapshots to fragmented self images and downloaded assemblages. He is interested in poetic beauty and explorations of the boundaries of the self. The internal structure of his photographs plays with the external architecture of their installation. The photos build a history of a world where language does not always belong. One moment is simple beauty, the next is that which we prefer not see. He lives between Pauling, NY, and Berlin, Germany, and is focused on permaculture and sustainable living.
Photographer: Keith spent ten years as co-founder and teacher at the CAUSE Alternative School in Buffalo, NY, which became the model for citywide efforts at desegregating the school system in the 1970s with interest-based magnet schools. His involvement with photography began with two significant photo-history research projects in Buffalo. In 1981 he moved to NYC to become a commercial photographer, but 10 years later he realized his passion was for photo-documentary work. This work has largely been focused on modern music composers, community building and LGBT performance art on stage, in the street and in the studio. He was recently recognized for his efforts at saving 135 years of institutional archives at the YWCA of Brooklyn, preserving an important history of women in Brooklyn. Presently the restoration of his 1892 brownstone in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, takes up much of his time as does his efforts in community gardening with his neighbors.
Kosaku is a writer and director of East River Films, Inc. He is also the program director of Cinema Forum Fukushima. He was born in Japan. In his love for cinema and the American landscape, he has resided in NYC for years. “A story of will, like watering a tree each day. Listening, interacting, and being a part of Hibakusha Stories is inspiring. A wonderful opportunity like this doesn’t come along very often.”
Photography: Janis is a photographer in New York City, working for non-profits as well as publications. Now emphasizing her small-group workshops in Cuba and Peru, she creates customized workshops with participants’ interests in mind. Presently she has been teaching and working with communities in New York City, teaching private and individual classes and workshops on photography, Photoshop and photographic history. She has been widely exhibited and published, especially her decade-long work in Cuba. She has been photographing the work of the students of Youth Arts New York founder Robert Croonquist for over 20 years and teaches photography to cancer survivors at The Creative Center. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Aperture and Random House and is collected by museums and private collectors. At the moment she is working on a project on Latin America immigration to Queens, New York, continuing to expand her portfolio.
Cynthia works in 16mm, super 8 and video, creating films and videos which integrate hybrid forms and traditions including experimental tropes, cinema verité, scripted narrative, ethnographic observation and dance and performance. Her work engages with cultural and political themes, such as identity, nationalism, the transgression of borders, displacement, nuclear arms and war, foregrounding the human experience and personal testimony. She is the 2017 recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship.
Taku produces documentary films, television programs, and multi-media digital content. Since 1992 Taku has collaborated with renowned Japanese Artist Mr. Seitaro Kuroda and has become an integral part of the War Tales project as well as the Pikadon Project, an art initiative which has taken root in 15 cities worldwide. He is involved with projects to advocate sustainable development in indigenous communities around the world. His recent projects include the TBS music legends documentary series Song to Soul as well as documentaries with NHK on the global paradigm shift in economy and finance. The War Tales series won a 2004 Peabody Award and the Galaxy Award (Japanese Emmy) Grand Prix; the documentary John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards: Live in Berlin won Best New Director at the Lisbon International Film Festival, and was selected for 24 other international film festivals; the film Be Quiet, Sit Down and Listen was an Official Selection at the Native Americas International Film Festival and in the First People’s Film Festival. Taku’s film Fishing with John has been a cult documentary hit in the United States, Japan, Germany and in the United Kingdom.
Meg is a composer and jazz violinist. All About Jazz called her the “queen of chamber jazz”. She has performed with David Bowie, Lee Konitz, Tom Harrel, Steve Swallow, Sam Newsome, Philip Glass, Jeremy Pelt, Dianne Reeves, Ziggy Marley, David Benoit, Terrence Howard, Cirque du Soleil, and received Grammy nomination for the album “Second Half” by Emilio Solla Y La Inststable De Brooklyn. Hailed by the New York Times as “vibrant” and “sophisticated,” Meg has appeared on over 50 albums and soundtracks, and composed for films, chamber ensembles, orchestras, and dance companies. She has received numerous grants including the Jerome Fund and New Music USA.
Eiko is a movement-based multidisciplinary performing artist who collaborates with her husband Koma. Eiko & Koma were honored with double Guggenheim fellowships, and the first United States Artists Fellowship. They are the first collaborative pair to share a MacArthur Fellowship and the first Asian choreographers to receive the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award and the Dance Magazine Award. Both Eiko and Koma individually received the inaugural Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. From 2014-2016 Eiko directed and performed a solo project A Body in Places accompanied by a photo exhibition A Body in Fukushima with photographer William Johnston which has toured Philadelphia, Hong Kong, Chile, Florida, Vermont and North Carolina and was featured with an exhibit of the Hiroshima Panels at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, under the co-sponsorship of Youth Arts New York/Hibakusha Stories and the Maruki Gallery of Tokyo. Eiko earned an MA in atomic bomb literature and translated Kyoko Hayashi’s From Trinity to Trinity (Station Hill Press, 2009). She is the founding fellow of the Center for Creative Research (CCR) and a visiting artist in Dance and East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University where she teaches courses on the Atomic Bomb and other environmental disasters.
Rieko is a magazine editor/writer of East River Films, Inc. and a member of Cinema Forum Fukushima. She has contributed articles to a number of Japanese news and cultural magazines. She helps with the videotaping and live streaming of Hibakusha Stories. She received MA in Cinema Studies from NYU, and is a MA candidate of Japanese pedagogy at Columbia University.
Jean is a multi-lingual singer, storyteller and composer, mixing aesthetic approaches from jazz, folk, and Brazilian traditions. Her one-of-a-kind narrative songs, which range from fantastical riffs on old folktales to autobiographical sojourns, to “photojournalism”, a genre of her own invention, have won recognition from the ASCAP Foundation and the New York Songwriters Circle, and her refreshingly candid performance won her the audience prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Sam is a saxophonist, composer, and multi-reedist, has performed internationally with artists such as Brad Mehldau, Lucia Pulido, Folklore Urbano, and Darcy James Argue. He has released five critically acclaimed recordings as a leader, and appears on over thirty albums as a sideman, and has been featured on NPR and PBS, and has performed at BAM, Carnegie Hall, the Newport Jazz Festival, BMW Jazz Festival (Brazil), and Lincoln Center. He was recently seen in the acclaimed The Band’s Visit at Atlantic Theater Company.
Photographer: Paule is a portrait photographer based in New York. He has accepted every kind of photography assignment from fashion to landscape until settling firmly into portrait photography. His most recent project, FROM ABOVE, features portraits of hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) and fire bombing survivors from WW II. The project has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums throughout Japan and Europe and was published as a book. This award winning book is available through the Photo-Eye Bookstore.
Dan has made a name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive — “a remarkable musician” in the words of the Washington Post and one “who refuses to set himself limits” in those of France’s Télérama. The New York City-based Tepfer, born in 1982 in Paris to American parents, has performed with some of the leading lights in jazz, including extensively with veteran saxophone luminary Lee Konitz. Awards include first prize and audience prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, first prize at the East Coast Jazz Festival Competition, and the Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association.
Yuko is a graphic designer and co-founder of Todos Somos Japon. The group works to release communicative political dialogues among people of Japan and worldwide through its bilingual website Japan-Fissures in Planetary Apparatus. The members and contributors include wide range of people who have been protesting against capitalistic imperialism, including the nuclear regime. Since March 2011, TSJ has organized numerous rallies, events, and teach-ins in NY.