Eloísa Pérez-Lozano is a photographer and a poet. She graduated from Iowa State University with her M.S. in journalism and mass communication (emphasis in photojournalism) and her B.S. in psychology. Her master’s creative component dealt with putting faces to the immigration issue by documenting the lives of three immigrant families living in Marshalltown, Iowa, through audio visual slideshows. Her poetry has been featured in The Texas Observer, aaduna, Diverse Voices Quarterly, and The Acentos Review.
Yuge Zhou 周雨歌 is an artist and graphic designer from Beijing, China. She currently lives in Chicago, Illinois, and works as a curator and creative director for the largest new media and video art installation (a 3300-square foot LED screen) due to launch in 2017 in downtown Chicago. The installation will feature commissioned artwork by world-renowned media artists, emerging artists, as well as collaborative groups of students and educators.
In 2015, Yuge earned her MFA from the Visual Communication Design Department, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also holds a Masters degree in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University located in upstate New York. Ms. Zhou has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 in Kobe, Japan, Chicago Design Museum, CICA museum in South Korea, New York State Museum, Angel Orensanz Foundation for Contemporary Art in New York City, The POWERHOUSE Arena in Brooklyn, NewYork, as well as the Chicago Art Department, West Bund Art Fair in Shanghai China, Mexican Digital Culture Centre in Mexico City, and several other institutions. She will be participating in the ISEA 2016 in Hong Kong, and the Santa Fe New Media Festival at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe in June of this year. Yuge’s digital photography, “Corruption of the modern Snow White” graced the cover page of aaduna’s fall 2012 issue.
Dharma Lefevre is a southwest Florida based fine artist who participates in festivals, street art, murals, and commissioned pieces. Lefevre’s background in art is inspired by Mythology, Art Noveaux, Impressionism, Surrealism, Street Art, and Fantasy. Self-taught, Ms. Lefevre took a few art classes when she was younger. She is always doing art, sketching, referencing, looking at others’ art to keep herself transforming, motivated, and terribly inspired. She is available for commissions in both watercolor and acrylics, as well as presenting her work at galleries, shows or exhibitions. Dharma is also a dancer and fire performer! If you are interested in a fine artist or live painter, please contact her: firstname.lastname@example.org
C. Evans Mylonas was a volunteer working in Namibia on the continent of Africa. The country’s unique landscape and culture is often reflected in her visual images. She was a 2015 winner of the Skeleton Coast Post photo contest, and her work has been seen in Assisi Journal of Arts & Letters and Skipping Stones Magazine. Currently, she resides in Arizona.
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Peter Nakhid, as you may know, has been awarded “Griot” status in New Orleans for documenting from a photographic perspective the legacy of people of African descent in the Diaspora. Born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; married with two adult daughters, Giselle and Zynani, Peter graduated in 1995 from Loyola University with a Masters degree in Pastoral Studies. In association with Dr. Morris Jeff, Peter helped establish a school in Kibi, Ghana, and along with Father Al McKnight, set up an elementary school, a university, an orphanage, a guest house, and a bakery in Fondwa , Haiti . A long-time member of the Professional Photographers of America, Mr. Nakhid has worked as a professional photographer for 30 years. For the past 20 years, his company, Captured Moments, has operated in the New Orleans, Louisiana region, as well as the southern part of the U.S. He has travelled extensively throughout Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific documenting special events. In May 2015, Peter traveled to the Bahamas to photograph the first inaugural Junkanoo Carnival in Nassau on Paradise Island. Interestingly, before New Orleans was rampaged by hurricane Katrina, he consistently maintained three jobs; after Katrina, Peter primarily focused on teaching and photography. Currently, he coordinates a group called Fathers’ Time, which initially started as a support group to address the needs of young teenage fathers. This program has transformed into a multi-generational group of men and boys that deals with immediate needs, community development, and self-improvement. Participating with the Fatherhood Initiative at Loyola University, Peter and others created a traveling exhibit displaying positive images of black males with their children. His current exhibition in aaduna’s spring 2016 issue is part two of a series that once again vividly captures his appreciation for the people of the Diaspora.