Kum Joo Ahn is a textile artist who specialises in hand-sewn bojagi, traditional Korean wrapping cloth. She practices patchwork, Korean knotting techniques, hand embroidery and natural dyeing techniques. She creates hand-crafted contemporary artworks that reinterpret Korean tradition. She has taught and exhibited bojagi and hand-embroidery in the United States, New Zealand, Malaysia and Korea. In addition to purchases for private and corporate collections, her work has been collected and shown by the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts, USA. She will be exhibiting and teaching Korean textile arts in the USA for three years beginning in August 2015.
JON LEE ANDERSON
Jon Lee Anderson is an investigative journalist who writes for The New Yorker. He has also written for The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian, El País, Harper’s and Time. His books include Guerrillas: Journeys In the Insurgent World, Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, The Lion’s Grave: Dispatches from Afghanistan, The Fall of Baghdad, and the recent El dictador, los demonios y otras crónicas, a collection of articles on Latin American and Spanish politics.
For the past 15 years, Paris-based photojournalist Guillaume Bonn has covered the African continent from war-torn Congo to Darfur to Mogadishu. He has also shot stories in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, France, Albania and the United States. He has directed four documentary films, and was a cameraman on Dying To Tell The Story, an Emmy-nominated documentary. The author of three photographic books, including his first monograph Le Mal d’Afrique, A Journey Into Old and New Africa, he is a regular contributor to Vanity Fair and UNICEF. http://www.guillaumebonn.com
Bex Brian is the author of the novel Promiscuous Unbound as well as the forthcoming Ten Block Radius. With her husband Charles Siebert, she has co-written a script entitled Lilly based on Siebert’s book The Wauchula Woods Accord. She has been arts reporter for CBC Radio Canada and has worked on and written for documentary films including The Turkana, a film about one of the last nomadic tribes of Africa. Her travel writing has appeared in Brides and American Way. She writes a blog, Subduction, at www.bexbrian.com. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.