Hang a Kite

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Photo © Luca Babini

Icarus Blake: Editor in Chief
Max Power: Editor at Large
Lora Wiley: Managing Editor
Teo J. Babini: Senior Editor
Greta Pininfarina: Fashion Director
Miko Sala: Art Director
Tiffany Credle: Senior Publishing Editor
Luigi Scarcella: Graphic Illustrator
Nancy Cooper: Finance Supervisor
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Contributors to this issue:

Alaina Varonne/In Stitches
Alaina Varrone is an embroidery artist from New Haven, Connecticut. Born in 1982 to a family of weirdos and storytellers, she uses this natural creativity to tell her own stories in thread. She attended Maryland Institute College of Art as a fiber arts student, then attended Columbia University to study cultural anthropology with a concentration in theology. She is influenced by history, culture, and the esoteric, with a focus on strong female characters.

Aurora Lopez Mejia/Golden Words
Inspired by the power of language and sharing of deep personal experience. My work takes form as talisman of balance, strength and meaning.
These talismans of gold, inscribed with sacred words, serve as a creative source of power and a positive symbol reflecting the infinite possibility.
Distilled from profound personal stories and created with intention, each piece captures a meaningful moment.
Through the ritual of creation, the weight of words and weight gold fuse to serve a higher purpose as an inspiring and powerful reminder of all that is important in life.
This ritual becomes both the root and beacon – illuminating one’s path.
To document and preserve experience, aspiration, imagination, love … one’s own story…
This is the heart of my work.

Kara Walker/The End of Sugar

New York-based Kara Walker is best known for cut-paper silhouettes and tableaus that complicate traditional narratives of power and repression. Walker’s provocative work, which has taken the form of drawing, painting, text-based work, video, film, performance, and cyclorama, retells historic moments, such as slavery in the Antebellum South and Hurricane Katrina, and has frequently been the subject of controversy. She has received numerous awards, perhaps most notably in 1997, when she was the second-youngest person ever to receive a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant.”

PDW Photography/Bugging Out in the East Village at The Black Ant
Patrice D. Waite is a NYC based photographer and videographer. Born and raised in Brooklyn Patrice, better known as Tricey, spends most of her time on the streets of New York capturing moments with her 60D. Never without her camera, she plans on traveling the world capturing every moment one snap at a time.

Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young/Fearsome Feets of Art
Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young are East London based artists and have been working together as Fantich & Young since 2008.
The art practice of Fantich & Young address’s parallels between social evolution and evolution in the natural world: Nature as model or nature as a threat.

Fantich & Young create art that subverts Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution with elements of supernatural ceremonial ritual. The concepts of nature and super-nature are explored in the work. Fantich & Young view this process as Darwinian Voodoo.

Janet Echelman/The First Lady of Light Sculpture
Janet Echelman builds living, breathing sculpture environments that respond to the forces of nature — wind, water and light — and become inviting focal points for civic life. Exploring the potential of unlikely materials, from fishing net to atomized water particles, Echelman combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create her permanent sculpture at the scale of buildings. Experiential in nature, the result is sculpture that shifts from being an object you look at, to something you can get lost in.
Recent prominent works include: “Her Secret is Patience” spanning two city blocks in downtown Phoenix, “Water Sky Garden” which premiered for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, “She Changes” on the waterfront in Porto, Portugal, and “Every Beating Second” in San Francisco Airport’s new Terminal Two.

Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Echelman was named an Architectural Digest 2012 Innovator for “changing the very essence of urban spaces.” Her TED talk “Taking Imagination Seriously” has been translated into 34 languages and is estimated to have been viewed by more than a million people worldwide.

Charis Tsevis/Mosaic Man
Charis Tsevis is an award winning visual designer living and working in Athens,Greece.
His client list includes companies like Nike, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Toyota and IKEA, advertising agencies like TBWA\Chiat\Day, Saatchi & Saatchi LA, DDB Berlin and Leo Burnett Hong Kong and media like Time, Fortune, Wired and the Wall Street Journal.
Tsevis studied Visual Design in Athens and Milan and he now teaches Visual Communication at AKTO College in Greece. He frequently contributes to prominent publications with articles on design theory, aesthetics and cyberculture. His work has been featured in many prestigious publications around the world. His works have been exhibited in exhibitions, galleries and museums around the world.

GKD is the author of numerous stories, both fiction and non-fiction, and has also written for multiple media productions. An award nominated writer, GKD is currently pursuing a publishing venture on building healthier connections.

Dena Al Adeeb/Artistic Spring: Dena Al Adeeb
Born in Baghdad, Iraq
Currently based in Long Beach, Los Angeles

2015 Doctor of Philosophy in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (Culture and Representation Track), New York University, New York (NY)
2008 Master of Arts in Anthropology-Sociology (Visual and Cultural Anthropology), American University in Cairo, Egypt
1998 Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (Middle-East and North-Africa / Gender and Women Studies), San Francisco State University, CA

2004 Courses in Photography and Art, Abu Dhabi Library and Cultural Center, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E
1998-1999 Courses in Art, Graphic Design and Multi-Media, Laney and Vista Colleges, Oakland-Berkeley, CA
1998 Courses in Modern Standard Arabic, The Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF), Fez, Morocco

2008 “Beyrouth:Baghdad,” in collaboration with Youmna Chlala, Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo Egypt. (Curator: Stefania Angarano)
2006 “Sacred Spaces,” Falaki Gallery, American University in Cairo, Egypt. (Curators: Naz Shahrokh and Brian Curling)
2005 “Imagined Memories,” Espcase Karim Francis Contemporary Art Gallery, Cairo, Egypt. (Curator: Karim Francis)

2011 “Bagdadi Mem/Wars”, Sama Alshaibi and Dena Al-Adeeb, Worth Ryder Gallery, University of California, Berkley, CA

2011 “LUMEN,” the Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI), National Lighthouse Museum, Staten Island, NY
2011 “Breaking Ranks: Human/Nature,” Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA. (Curator: Brian Karl)
2011 “Bagdadi Mem/Wars,” Sama Alshaibi and Dena Al-Adeeb, Georgia 13 exhibition, 2011 Society of Photographic Education National Conference, Atlanta, GA
2010 “HIWAR/Dialogue,” in collaboration with Sama Alshaibi, Le Violon Bleu Contemporary Art Gallery, Tunisia. (Curator: Khadija Hamdi) Catalogue
2010 “They Welcomed Us With Flowers,” Bastakiya Art Fair, Dubai, U.A.E. (Curator: Asmaa Al-Shabibi) Catalogue
2010 “Bagdadi Mem/Wars,”Hiwar, DARB 1718, Cairo, Egypt. (Curator: Khadija Hamdi)
2010 Bearing Witness: The LightWork Collection, LightWork Gallery, Syracuse, NY
2009 “Kleio Projects, Beirut Tangents (part 1),” New York, NY. (Curators: Alexis Bhagat and Christine O’Heron)
2009 “Day of the Dead,” Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA. (Curator: Gabriela Martinez)
2009 “Día De Los Muertos: Day of the Dead,” Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA. (Curator: Hector Maurizzio Pineda)
2009 “Dia de Los Muertos – Altars for the Spirits, Offerings for the Living, ” SomArts, San Francisco, CA. (Curators: Rio and Rene Yanez)
2009 “Back Home Right Here, Arab Art Across Seas and Generations,” Galería de la Raza, San Francisco, CA
2008 “Örebro International Videoart Festival,” Örebro, Sweden. (Curator: Sherif Awad)
2004 “Memory and Resistance,” Center for Political Education, San Francisco, CA
2003 SomArts, San Francisco, CA
2003 “International Women’s Day, ” Women’s Building, San Francisco, CA
2003 “Amoo Ibrahim,” La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA
2003 “Amoo Ibrahim,” Al Fanous, San Francisco, CA
2001 “Open Studio,” Van Der Zanden Studio, Oakland, CA
2000 “Three Women,” Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
1999 “Open Studio, ” Pro Arts Studio, Oakland, CA
1998 “Open Studio,” Van Der Zanden Studio, Oakland, CA
1998 “Amnesty International Western USA Regional Conference,” San Francisco, CA

2010 Artists-in-Residence, in collaboration with Sama Alshaibi, Light Work, Syracuse, NY

PUBLICATIONS (Articles, Essays, and Artwork)
Contact Sheet, Light Work Annual 2011, Light Work, forthcoming
M. Neelika Jayawardane “Algurabaa’ (The Strangers): on Dena Al-Adeeb and Sama Alshaibi’s “Baghdadi Mem/Wars.” Contemporary Practices, Visual Arts from the Middle East, Vol. 7. Dubai, UAE: 140-149
Dena Al-Adeeb “Dissidents, Displacements and Diasporas,” Nation, Identity, Gender and Belonging: Arab and Arab American Feminist Perspectives. Syracuse University Press
Dena Al-Adeeb “Migratory Sacred Spaces: Re(Creating) Ashura,” Contemporary Iraqis: Voices of Cultural Resistance Anthology. Syracuse University Press, forthcoming
Dena Al-Adeeb “From Sacred Ritual to Installation Art: A Personal Testimony,” Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, Department of English & Comparative Literature at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. AUC Press, 2008
Dena Al-Adeeb “Reflections in a Time of War: A Letter to My Sisters,” Incite! anthology / Incite! Women of Color Against Violence. South End Press, 2006
Dena Al-Adeeb “The Reconstruction of Shi’ia Identity in Karbala (Iraq),” Incontro magazine, Mensile dell’Associazione Donne Italiane al Cairo, November 2006
Paper Advisory Committee “The Forgotten “–ism”: Arab American Women’s Perspectives on Zionism, Racism, and Sexism,” Time To Rise: US Women of Color—Issues and Strategies. Eds. Maylei Blackwell, Linda Burnham, and Jung Hee Choi, Women of Color Resource Center, Berkeley and Incite! anthology / Incite! Women of Color Against Violence. South End Press, 2006
Al-Adeeb, Jung Hee Choi, Kaaryn Gustafson “Bush’s Policies Endanger Women’s Lives,” Special to Asian Week, Mar 14, 2003

2010-2015 MacCracken Fellow, Graduate Fellowship, New York University, NY
2010-2011 MacCracken Housing Program, Graduate Fellowship, New York University, NY
2008 Production Grant, Goethe-Institute, Cairo, Egypt
2007 International Graduate Fellowships, American University in Cairo, Egypt
2007 Conference Grants, American University in Cairo, Egypt
2007 Research Assistant Award, Dr. Sami Omar, American University in Cairo, Egypt
2006 International Graduate Fellowships, American University in Cairo, Egypt
2006 Conference Grants, American University in Cairo, Egypt
2006 University Fellowship, American University in Cairo, Egypt
2006 Research Grant, American University in Cairo, Egypt
2006 Research Assistant Award, Dr. Kevin Dwyer, American University in Cairo, Egypt
2006 Research Assistant Award, Dr. Chad Haines, American University in Cairo, Egypt
2005 Conference Grants, American University in Cairo, Egypt
2005 Work Study Fellow and Research Assistant Award, Dr. Cynthia Nelson, Institute for Gender & Women’s Studies, American University in Cairo, Egypt
1997 Fellowship and Study Abroad, National Council on U.S. Arab Relations, Fez, Morocco
1995-1996 Recognition of Excellence: Model Arab League, San Francisco, CA
1996 Fellowship, The National Council on US-Arab Relations, Internship at the Center for Arab Studies at George Town University, Washington D.C

2008 Bibliotheca Alexandrina, The Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center, Research Specialist (Principal researcher and author of a book project on contemporary Alexandrian Artists)
2005-2007 American University in Cairo, Department of Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology and Egyptology, Teaching and Research Assistant
2003 San Francisco State University, Department of Ethnic Studies, Co-Teaching – Ethnic Studies
2001-2003 Women of Color Resource Center, Peace and International Solidarity Program Director
2001-2003 Racial Justice 911, Peace and International Solidarity Program Director, Bay Area Coordinator and National Steering Committee Coordinator
2000-2001 Saba Corporation, Online Learning and Education Specialist, User Interface and Architectural Designer
1999-2000 Expression College for Digital Arts, Digital Graphic Design Program Instructor and Coordinator
1998-1999 National Educational Media Network, Apple Awards Coordinator
1998 Damore Johann Design, Inc., Production Manager
1997-1998 Illuminated Media, Graphic, Web and Kiosk Designer
1997 Mitchell Madison Group, Graphic Designer

2006 The Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women Studies, American University in Cairo, Egypt, Advisory Board Student Member
2005-2006 SOAN Student Organizing Committee, American University in Cairo, Egypt, Founder and Member
2006 Arab Movement of Women Arising for Justice, National, U.S., Member
2003 San Francisco Women Against Rape, San Francisco, CA, Board Member
1999-2003 Arab Women’s Solidarity Association, San Francisco, CA, Board Member
2002 War Times News Paper, Oakland, CA, Associate Editor
2001-2002 Activist Institute, Berkeley, CA, Organizer
2001-2002 United Communities Against War and Racism, Oakland, CA, Board Member
2001-2002 West Asia/North Africa Political Education Collective, Oakland, CA, Founder and Educator
1997-2001 International Action Center, San Francisco, CA, Organizer
1997-1999 Iraqi Refugees and Immigrants, San Francisco, CA, Translator and Social Worker

2011 “Beyrouth:Baghdad,” DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts, Arab American National Museum, New York, NY
2011 “Transnational and Transdiciplinary Turns in Middle Eastern Art,” CAA 99th Annual Conference: New York, NY
2011 “Beyrouth_Baghdad_Istanbul,” Comparative Approaches to Middle Eastern Cultural and Literary Studies Colloquium, Hagop Kevorkian Center, New York, NY
2010 “Migratory Sacred Spaces,” Middle East Studies Association of Northern America, Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA
2008 “City:Object” Workshop, Goethe-Institute, Cairo, Egypt
2007 “Social Space and Identity in Egypt and the Middle East,” First Communitas Conference, The American University in Cairo, Egypt
2007 “Arts As Catalyst for Social Change,” DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts, Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, Michigan
2006 “Imperialism, Colonialism, Occupation and War,” Arab Movement of Women Arising for Justice Gathering, Jones College Prep, Chicago, Illinois
2006 “Imperialism, War and Movements for Liberation,” Foreword Summer-Bridge Program 2006; Contemporary Issues Section 2: Transformations: “Imperialism and War and Movements for Liberation,” San Francisco, California
2005 “Ashura’s Images: Reconstructing Memory in Karbala (Iraq),” The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, American University in Cairo, Egypt
2005 “Coalitions in Action,” Conference on Coalitions, Boalt Law School, University of California, Berkeley, California
2003 “Fighting for Liberation! Expanding our notion of Revolution,” Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference, University of California, Berkeley, California
2003 “The War at Home and Abroad,” John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, California
2003 “Stop the War,” West Coast Socialist Conference, University of California Berkeley California
2001-2003 “War on Terrorism,” Institute for Multi-Racial Justice, San Francisco, California
2002 “War and Militarism,” Color of Violence II: Building a Movement, Incite! Women of Color Against Violence, University of Illinois, Chicago
2001 “Re-thinking September 11,” School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL); Oakland, California
2002 “The Forgotten “–ism”: Arab American Women’s Perspectives on Zionism, Racism, and Sexism,” San Francisco Women Against Rape, San Francisco, California
2002 “Iraq War and Post 911,” Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California
2001 “The War on Terror,” The Applied Research Center, Oakland, California
2001 “Post 911 Strategy Meeting,” National Network for Immigrants and Refugee Rights, Oakland, California
1992-2003 “Islam, Arab Ethnicities, Diasporas and the MENA Region,” Universities, Colleges, High & Middle schools in the Bay Area, California

Member of College Art Association
Member of Society for Photographic Education
Member of Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey
Member of Middle East Studies Association of Northern America

Museum of Tunisia, Tunis, Tunisia
Light Work Collection, Syracuse, New York
Private Collections Internationally

Thor Benson/The Interview
Thor Benson is a traveling writer currently based in Portland, Oregon. Benson has been featured in literary journals across the country, including: Black Heart Magazine, Empirical Magazine, The Conium Review, FictionBrigade, and more. He is also a freelance journalist for publications like Vice Magazine,, and DailyKos. Benson can be found at a run-down whiskey bar.

Per Johansen/Full of it
Per Johansen was born in 1958 and raised in Copenhagen. He began experimenting with photography at the age of 18 while packing parcels in a photography store in Copenhagen. In 1981 he finished his education at the Danish School of Photography and in collaboration with his brother exhibited their work at a couple of places. A few years later he established his own studio Station 1 with a colleague, and after 25 years he decided to devote all of his time to his original passion for art-photography. He is represented by both Danish and international galleries and has exhibited his works in Denmark, France, Germany and USA. His series Mæt (Full) has received great reviews overall and he has currently been chosen to participate in the new world expo WAVE 2014 arranged by BNP Paribas with his latest works.

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