Issay Rodriguez, artist (Philippines, 1991) received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of the Philippines, Diliman University, and graduated in 2013 with the Distinguished Paper Award and the Gawad Tanglaw Award. As a student, she is a scholar of the Jose “Pitoy” Moreno Foundation and, with the support of the French government, studied exchange scholars at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Paris. She has exhibited her work in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Taipei, Singapore, New Delhi, Dubai, Manila and Paris.
Sajata Epps aka (SAJATA-E) is a clothing and textile artist using plant dye as her main source of color application. She lives in the South Bronx, NYC where she develops farm spaces for her community members to utilize for arts programming and free produce production. Sajata believes that sustainability is a full life style shift that doesn't just end at smarter art practices. As a zero waste advocate Sajata-E grows her own food as well as her own plant dyes in order to control the amount of waste she produces in her art practice as well as her life.
De Onkruidenier explore forms of symbiosis and circularity between the realm of the cultural and the natural world. Through on site participatory fieldwork and research, their artistic practice develops new interpretations on the relationship between human and nature. Their work transforms familiar everyday actions of classifying, cultivating, preparing and consuming of plants into experiential narratives. Their practice focuses on the evolving qualities of halotolerant organisms; species that use salt to their benefit in a world wherein 97.5% of all water is salty.
As the founder of the BIG Trees Project, Anunta is dedicated to awakening people’s public awareness of the importance of planting forests in cities, and in particular, biodiversity in urban forests. Ecological diversity is the foundation for a more harmonious living environment. The vision of the Big tree project is to establish a sustainable development concept of life, which allows the sustainable growth of trees and urban development.
Sholeh is a professional creative consultant, coach and producer in the fields of professional development,environmental sustainability, climate change, and cross-cultural communication. Now he is the British talent cultivation platform. The Field Director is active in the UK and internationally. Sholeh has great enthusiasm for helping people use ideas on social issues and achieve their goals through strategies and influential programs.
Hidemi Nishida was born in Otaru city in Hokkaido in 1986, currently lives and works in Tokyo. He studied Design in Sapporo and obtained a Masters of Fine Art at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design in Norway. His architectural background brings together functional making with an interest in intimate transformations of our environment. Nishida questions our milieu, deconstructing and adapting existing structures or materials or even whole landscapes in order to refresh our view of the world.