Lorena Mondragón is a Mexican illustrator and designer with a B.A. in Organizational Corporate Communication and a M.Sc. in Environmental Conservation. She has worked as a graphic designer since 2011 in both the U.S. and Mexico. Her work focuses on editorial illustration and design, and has been published across different platforms including the magazines Tierra Adentro, Obras, BBMundo, S1ngular and Fusión, the books Vivir Jugando: Recopilación de reflexiones futboleras by Aldo Valdés (2017), Developing Citizen Designers by E. Resnick (2016), and Handmade Packaging Workshop: Tips, Tools & Techniques for Creating Custom Bags, Boxes and Containers by R. Wiles (2012) and The Dieline packaging website. In 2018 her illustration work has been shortlisted for the Association of Illustrators World Illustration Awards and for the XXVIII Catalog of Illustrators of Children's and Youth Publications by the Mexican Secretariat of Culture.
Zineb Benjelloun is an artist trained in visual arts and documentary cinema. After serving as a documentary manager in a TV channel, Zineb whas been focused on her visual art and writing since 2012. She contributed to several publications in visual arts including Samandal à Beyrouth, Skefkef et Dyptique à Casablanca, Slanted à Berlin etc...) and participated to several exhibitions such as Le 18 et Voice gallery in Marrakech, Ministerium für Illustration in Berlin, Le cube in Rabat, la Gaîté Lyrique in Paris and more. Zineb also creates illustrations for children’s books, comic books, visual identities for cultural events and workshops, in Morocco and abroad.
With her urban cartographies, her portraits and illustrations, she invites us to rediscover our everyday environment through its smallest details while questioning their historicity and place in the collective imagination.
Zineb lives in Casablanca and has just published her first graphic novel with the help of the visual arts fellowship afac (arab fund for art and culture).
William Wallace III is an American painter. At "Shitholes", William will be showcasing his project called John Henry Banks III. JHB3 comes from a mix of exploring his family history as a study of the developing Blackness and playing with American tall tails. His paintings are primarily figurative focussing on portraiture and snapshots of the internal schema of people trying to get by. Most of his work is made of unconventional materials, scrap wood from new developments, stretched bed sheets; early 20th century windows from neighborhoods in the early stages of gentrification have been one of his favorites since moving to Philly. These materials hold a lot of history and the figures in his paintings feel like the ghost of neighborhoods.
Fatima Chafaa was born in Algiers, city where she lives and works. After graduating from high school science Agronomy, she decided to quit school to join the Photo Labo Family. After 10 years of learning and practice, in 2000, she resumed her studies at the school of Fine Arts of Algiers until 2006.
Her work is a mixture of photographs and installations, on personal themes of ambiguity and ambivalence are the daily, the unconscious is dissected in a relationship of observer observed. Her installation, photographs, objects and paintings are an invitation to an interior observation of the contradictions of social norms; it raises questions about what is generally perceived as normal and acceptable. This creates an issue that refutes the idea ... limits the body clean / dirty body, violence / beauty, sublime / vulgarity ... A work inspired by the need for non-idealized, where the picture becomes a rejection of a stereotype of idea rigid and hierarchical.
Her works earned her major rewards in her country: In 2003 she received the prize of the foundation Asselah. In 2006 she was a bronze medalist at the exhibition "grains of tormented women." In 2008, she won the Grand Prize of the President of the Republic: "Price Ali Maachi of the young designer." Fatima Chafaa exhibits regularly in Algeria, Marocco, Tunisia, Palestine, Sénégal, Brussels, Moscow, Croatia, Switzerland and Spain.
Seif Eddine Nechi, comic books illustrator, was born in Tunis in June 1974. After graduating from literature and psychology, Seif Eddine served as an art director in the advertising industry for several years. He launched a satirical, political blog in 2009 that was censored in 2010 by the Tunisian regime. Seif Eddine also co-founded a comics magazine lab 619 with Aymen Mbarek. Following several participations to international exhibitions in Tunisia and abroad, Seif Eddine was awarded with prize for the Best Electronic comic at Cairocomix 2 and was the finalist at the Mahmoud Kahil Award the same year for the «Tawahoch » comic. It’s in 2017 that Seif Eddine was awarded, again, with the Prize for best Digital graphic novel in Cairocomix3 for his « bombyx More » in collaboration with Aymen Mbarek. In 2018 he participated in the exhibition « new generation of Arab comics artists »
Metal Sculptor Vanny Channal stimulates the vision of possibilities through the usage of discarded industrial materials. His objective is to redefine the value in items that the majority view as purposeless. So we, the viewer, can look beyond life's circumstances, understand that anything is possible, then strive to maximize our own potential. Native to Southern California, born from Cambodian refugees, Vanny Channal was raised on culture. The culture of his parents, war survivors still struggling to overcome the turmoil of they're country. And the culture of his environment, the epicenter of drug abuse and gang violence. The majority of his community had a higher probability of incarceration or death than that of a college degree. Many of us live by what we believe in, because of how Vanny was raised, his beliefs held no significance. It was not until he discovered art, living in Philadelphia, is when his whole life changed.
As an artist, his motive is to alter perspectives. To see the world for more than what it is, see it for the possibilities of what it could be. Working with that single principle, he has managed exhibitions at The Philadelphia Zoo, The 2017 Global Conservation Gala, and The University of Pennsylvania's Morris Arboretum. Vanny's life mission is to enlighten others of their own abilities regardless of their circumstances. To go after the things you care about. To maximize your own potential and live life to the fullest capacity.
Brazilian born artist, graduated from the School of Fine Arts, Federal University, Rio de Janeiro in 1973. Moved to Philadelphia in 1978 and to Woodbury in 1985. Her art incorporates diverse materials and range from works on paper and canvas to site specific installations that relate to nature and the environment.
Her professional experience includes national and international exhibitions, arts advocacy, curatorial work as well as art education. Doris has also created many works as an “Artist in Residency” for schools and communities. She has been a Teaching Artist for Taller Puertorriqueno, Allens Lane Art Center, Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art for almost 35 years.
Mourad Ben Cheikh Ahmed is a Tunisian photographer, his work is focused mainly on urban exploring and street photography.
Even if the city of Tunis is not famous for its urban photo materials, he tries nonetheless to search, discover and document beautiful forgotten historical abandoned, hard to access places and spot the lights on them.
The photos presented here are part of his project « Lost in Tunis », where he took as a challenge to shoot parts, monuments and even people of the city that we usually pass everyday by and do not notice.
ason Fleurant, most commonly known as JaFLEU. Is a self-taught Haitian American cartoonist from West Palm Beach FL. The creator of Treal Toonz has had his artwork exhibited all over and has been collected by renowned figures such as US Senator Cory Booker, Recording Artist Jill Scott, Scholar Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and many more.