MEMBERS

Gabriela Bulisova

photography, multimedia art

Gabriela's work focuses on underreported and overlooked stories affecting marginalized populations around the world and in the United States. She has received numerous recognitions for her projects, including the 2013 Sondheim Prize, the Open Society Institute’s Moving Walls, and the CANON “Explorer of Light” award. She was a graduate fellow at the National Graduate Photography Institute at Columbia University in New York, NY. In 2005, Gabriela was awarded MFA degree in Photography and Digital Imaging from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She teaches photojournalism at the Corcoran College of Art in Washington, DC. An original founding member of Atlantika Collective, she is currently a Fulbright Scholar working on issues of climate change in Irkutsk, Russia.

gabrielabulisova.com


todd forsgren

photographer

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Todd uses photography to examine themes of ecology, environmentalism, and perceptions of landscape while striving to strike a balance between art history and natural history. To do so, he employs a range of approaches, from documentary strategies to experimental techniques. His photographs have been featured in National GeographicSlateWiredThe GuardianNatureNew Scientist, and TIME's Lightbox. And they've been shown at numerous venues, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Noorderlicht Photography Festival, the Academy Art Museum, the Rotterdam Photo Festival, Koenig & Clinton, Carroll & Sons, Heiner Contemporary, and Jen Bekman Gallery. Todd studied biology and visual arts at Bowdoin College and photography at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He has a Masters degree from J.E. Purkyně University and was a Fulbright Fellow in Mongolia. He lives in Los Angeles, where he enjoys making Play-Doh sculptures with his daughter.

toddforsgren.com


mark isaac

photography, video, installation, music

Mark's fine art work focuses on our deep immersion in electronic media and our capacity for positive change in the contemporary moment. His documentary work, accomplished in collaboration with his wife, Gabriela Bulisova, focuses on critical social issues such as the impact of incarceration, the health of our waterways, and an exploration of village life. Isaac was awarded an MFA in Photography and Digital Imaging from the Maryland Institute College of Art , and he also studied extensively at the Corcoran College of Art + Design and the Smithsonian Institution. In 2017-18, Isaac worked in Ukraine as the recipient of a Fulbright grant. He was a semi-finalist for the Sondheim award in 2012 and was named a promising local photographer by FotoDC. His photography and video have been exhibited in galleries in the United States and abroad, featured in photo and documentary festivals, and screened at conferences. An original founding member of Atlantika Collective, he is currently based in Irkutsk, Russia.

markisaac.net


MARIA SHESIUK

composer, electronic musician

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Maria is a composer and electronic musician deeply involved in the experimental music scene both in Baltimore and Washington, DC. Her current solo project, MASLO, made its debut at a recent showcase put on by the local label This Could Go Boom!. She is also a co-founder of the experimental music project “Heterodyne,” which was recently featured in the Washington Post, as well as several other improvisational projects and collectives. Maria’s work was also highlighted in the 2017 Baltimore High Zero Festival. Recently her focus has shifted to synthesizer music combined with field recordings and masked vocals to create contemplative dreamscapes. She comes from a family of classically trained musicians, and she started on the same path by playing classical piano as a child in Ukraine. Maria found from an early age that the only way she could effectively communicate her thoughts and emotions was through writing music. Yogic philosophy and meditation are also part of that process. She chose to study medicine and is currently a practicing Physician Assistant as well as a yoga teacher. Music, however, remains the driving force in her life. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast and a strong supporter of environmental causes.

https://maslo.bandcamp.com


Jessica Zychowicz

scholar, critic, curator, author

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Jessica’s work focuses on gender, historical trauma, human rights, and the body in transnational contexts. Most recently, she was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar (2017-2018) based at Kyiv-Mohyla University teaching visual culture while exploring the history of computing technology in Kyiv. Her first monograph, Frame Work: Art, Activism, and Feminism in Ukraine 2004-2014, is in progress at University of Toronto Press. Zychowicz has also been in residence at the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs and earned her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 2016. She is a founder at the non-profit educational initiative smART (smartkiev.com) with curators, artists, and educators from Kyiv’s contemporary arts communities. She is currently based at the University of Alberta's Contemporary Ukraine Studies Program at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS).

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CONTRIBUTORS

BILL CRANDALL

photography, music, writing

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Bill is an award-winning photographer with more than 20 years' experience in photojournalism for major publications. He has worked as a photo editor and curator, and has conducted lectures, workshops, and portfolio reviews. Currently he is a photography educator and develops his own long-term projects, which strike a balance between art and documentary impulses. A Voice of America review of his debut book The Waiting Room - Photographs from Belarus called him "an American master". Bill also creates music under the name Místochord. His debut concept album New World Voyage, which imagines the journey of the first humans to leave Earth forever to colonize another planet, was released in early 2016. Bill was an original founding member of Atlantika Collective.

billcrandall.com



Joe Lucchesi

educator, curator, art historian

Joe is Associate Professor of Art History and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Coordinator at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He teaches western art history, emphasizing modern and contemporary art and theory. He curated Amazons in the Drawing Room: the Art of Romaine Brooks at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in DC and the Art Museum at UC-Berkeley and was consulting curator for Smithsonian American Art Museum's The Art of Romaine Brooks. He has published several articles on Brooks and her social and artistic circles. His interests in visual culture and queer history have informed other writing and lecture projects, including work on the soldier's body in World War 2 advertising, lesbian imagery in contemporary film, photographic archives and LGBT history, and affect in digital images. Joe was an original founding member of Atlantika Collective.