Working under the artist name Swoon, Callie has spent the last 13 years in an ongoing exploration of the relationship of people to their built environment. She began work as a classically trained visual artist and printmaker, and has an ongoing project of wheat pasting portraits to the walls of cities around the world. This initial impetus to create interventions in the urban landscape has continued to unfold in a variety of ways. From 2006-2009, she constructed and navigated flotillas of rafts made from recycled materials down the Mississippi and Hudson rivers, and across the Adriatic Sea to Venice. Since 2008, Callie has been working independently and in collaboration with the collective Transformazium on community based projects in the town of Braddock, Pennsylvania. In 2010 and 2011 with the group Konbit Shelter, she constructed first a community center and then a home in earthquake devastated Haiti, bringing the creative process into the reconstruction effort. Callie is currently working toward the construction of a musical house, entitled Dithyrambalina in New Orleans with New Orleans Airlift. Alongside her community based practices, she has a studio and installation based practice of drawing, printmaking, and the construction of architectural installations and sculptures.
A ninth generation Pennsylvanian who is a builder, and ceramicist living and working in north Braddock. In addition to managing the bathhouse studio in the historic Braddock Carnegie library, they are the production facilitator of the Braddock tiles project, an initiative to create jobs in a rust belt town through an artisanal tile factory. KT is interested in social justice and is committed to working on working collaboratively and collectively.
Ben Wolf is a sculptor, painter, and installation artist who co-founded Konbit Shleter with Caledonia Curry and Kt Tierny in 2010. Working with the artist collective Rabid Hands, he has traveled to create installations all over the United States and Europe. Ben is currently based in Detroit Michigan.
His website is www.ben-wolf.com
Tod Seelie has photographed in over 25 countries on five different continents. Originally from Cleveland, he relocated to Brooklyn in 1997. Tod was a founding member of The Miss Rockaway Armada, and continued on to travel by raft with both manifestations of the Swimming Cities. His work has appeared in publications such as The NY Times, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Spin, Juxtapoz, Thrasher, Vice, Der Speigel and Art News among others. His images also appear in the feature films Perfect Sense (2011) and Empire Me (2011).Tod has exhibited work in solo and group shows around the world and at Mass MoCA and the Philadelphia Art Alliance. His work has also appeared in photography and art books, such as The Vice Photo Book, Hijacked, Swoon, Street World and Backyard Shakedown.
“His images at times elevate mere weirdness to a more striking realm of visual intrigue… Strange, vivid, baffling and relentlessly unexplained, they leave their viewers transfixed.” — New York Times
Olivia Katz is from New York City, she is a graduate of the School of Performing Arts and enrolled in the City University of New York BA program for interdisciplinary studies. A jack-of-all trades, master of none, she is liaison and member of Artistic Evolution, the non-profit organization allied with Konbit Shelter. She is helping with finances, logistics, fundraising and learning the adobe building process. She helped organize Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, a civilian medical relief effort in Haiti and gained experience doing relief and rebuilding work in post-Katrina New Orleans. She is interested in the process of using creativity for sustainability and liberation.
Shamil Lallani is a civil and architectural engineer and designer focused on creative and sustainable solutions across multiple disciplines. Currently based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, his most recent projects have included improving the usability of an ecological toilet for flooded communities, and finding solutions for garment factory building safety. As a member of Engineers Without Borders, he helped design and implement an ecological sanitation system in a remote mountain community in El Salvador. Prior to his international work, Shamil spent over 5 years collaborating on and leading award-winning architectural restorations of historic landmark buildings in New York City. He is also a versatile builder, a scrappy bike mechanic, and a stereotypically polite Canadian. Shamil holds a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University.
Bryan Welch is a lifelong educator dedicated to creating learning environments that honor the creativity and independence of children. His work explores how spaces for children can exist in between formal and informal learning, institution and community, school and life. He believes that we wouldn’t need schools if we had the communities we deserve. Bryan uses photography to create a qualitative record of the inquiry of children.
Bryan never liked school very much and left at 16 to study martial arts. He holds an interdisciplinary BA in Education and Journalism from UC Berkeley, and has taught and developed curriculum for alternative educational programs in the US and Japan since 1997. He helped to found a summer camp and an alternative K-12 school in San Francisco, and the Kite’s nest of Hudson NY.
Fritz Pierre-Louis is the fifth generation of his family to call Barriere Jeudi home. Living in Port au Prince at the time of the earthquake, he lost 5 buildings and 2 businesses, but he and his family were unharmed. An active member of his community, in 1996 Fritz organized the sugar cane growers in Barrier Jeudi for better wages, as well as successfully petitioning the government to protect local manufacturers of sugar cane spirits. In 2006 he and his family began reforesting the mountains of Barriere Jeudi by planting thousands of trees, including many mango trees. Fritz is currently the president of the Mango Grower’s Association of Barrier Jeudi. As well he works with Waves for Water to provide potable water to the Leogane area. For Konbit Shelter, he is the guru who helps get it all done. We could not be doing this without him. magepa.com
Fredric King is a transmedia storyteller and social entrepreneur.
Fredric was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Streets Of Legend, released by Lions Gate Films. The film was also the winner of Best Cinematography at Sundance. Fredric developed Blue Valentine which was released by the Weinstein Company and received an Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Michelle Williams. He launched the distribution arm of his company, Fountainhead Transmedia to spearhead the domestic and international sales of his cult film B.I.K.E. and the spin-off iPhone app Tall Bike Joust.
When not not making movies or video games, Fredric is making concrete in Haiti to aid in the rebuilding efforts. While in production of Haiti Redux, a documentary about the reconstruction efforts after the earthquake of January 12, 2010. Fredric recognized the significant potential impact of private sector investment in the construction material business in Haiti. In 2011 he conceived, formed and launched the Haitian American Reconstruction Partnership (HARP) to harness this potential to affect positive social change. Fredric on IMDb
I grew up in Upstate New York and moved to Denver in my early 20′s. I spent a good part of my early life as a bartender and pinball wizard, while trying to figure out what to do with my life. I’ve been involved in the development and sales of homes for a long time, but have never built anything on my own before. I’m just now learning that I can be even slightly handy. What matters most to me is taking care of the people in my life and being a good father and husband.