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.