Photographer Adrian Fernandez studied at the Superior Institute of Art and at the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts. His solo work has been exhibited in Cuba and the United States, including the Houston Center for Photography in Houston, Texas, and the Center for the Development of Visual Arts and the Juan David Gallery at the Yara Movie Theatre Cultural Center, both in Havana, Cuba. His group exhibitions have been viewed in international venues such as the Art Public Contemporain in France, Paseo de la Reforma, Bosque de Chapultepec in Mexico, and the Paix Foundation of Guatemala. Visit the Adrian Fernandez website.
President, Ludwig Foundation of Cuba. Helmo is an art historian and specialist
in visual arts, theatre, and cultural policy and development as well as a curator
and critic. Helmo serves as an Advisor of the National Fine Arts Council and the National
Performing Arts Council, Havana. Helmo is also an adjunct professor at the University of
Havana and at the Superior Institute of Arts.
Tanzanian-American filmmaker Ekwa Msangi-Omari grew up in Kenya and is based in New York. Her initial career started in producing, and now focuses on writing and directing. Ekwa has directed several short films, most recently Taharuki (Suspense), a 12-minute short set against the backdrop of the start of Kenya’s post-election violence, about a man and woman from opposing ethnic tribes who are working for an underground resistance movement to expose a child-trafficking cartel when something goes wrong, and they’re forced to make tough choices in order to stay alive and complete their mission. Ekwa has also directed several drama series for mainstream broadcasters in Kenya and for MNET South Africa which includes The Agency, MNET’s first ever original hour-long Kenyan drama series. The Agency was televised continent-wide and her films Taharuki (Suspense), Weakness, and Dollar Van have been official selections at festivals such as New York African, Pan African, Durban International, Imagem dos Povos, Roxbury International, and Zanzibar International Film Festivals. As well as her directing career, Ekwa has written for both television and film, and is currently developing a feature film sequel to her 2011 film Taharuki which is titled Sweet Justice. It is currently in development at Babylon International 2011. Currently, Ekwa guest lectures on the topic of Contemporary African Cine-Media, while working as Industry Coordinator for Tribeca All Access as well as Completion Films, and is Associate Director of the Independent Film School in New York. She is also an active Board Member of the Women in Film & Television – Kenya Chapter.