Giada Ripa based in Milan and New York, started her career as a photographer in 2000 after studying at the International Center of Photography in New York. Ripa worked as both an artist and a correspondent photographer for some of the most influential Italian and foreign magazines. Since then, Ripa has roamed the world, using its topographies as a backdrop for her examinations of personal dislocation in both public and private spaces. Her work has been exhibited throughout the world in Asia, Europe, and North America. She is a visiting lecturer at the ICP in New York, the Art Academy in Shanghai, the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography, and in the MA program at the Domus Academy in Milan.
Peter Schnall is a seven time EMMY award and recent Peabody winner who has been making distinctive films and documentaries for more than twenty years. After six years as Producer and Senior Producer of the long running National Geographic Television weekly series Explorer, Peter left to form Partisan Pictures in New York City. John Murphy, founder of Alt Studio Tuscany, and Peter have worked together on three documentaries about the US President’s Aircraft: Two films about Air Force One, as well as a documentary about Marine One, the presidential helicopter.
Barbara Nitke is a New York fine art and commercial photographer. She is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts in New York. She does work on mainstream television shows, having been set photographer for Project Runway for 12 seasons. Barbara started her career as a stills photographer during the golden age of pornography in the 1980’s. She recently published a book of photographs revealing a behind-the-scenes view of this period titled: American Ecstasy.
Her sensitive work on the private lives of BDSM lovers has been the subject of numerous gallery exhibitions.
Minami Azu lives and dances in Tokyo.
She took an interest in painting in childhood and soon began studying dance. Azu has been deeply involved with Butoh practice since early in 2002 after which she came to NYC to do intensive work with performances in both Brooklyn and in Manhattan.
She has been performing in Japan and especially in the Tokyo Underground Dance scene for the past eight years. In 2013 she was named by the Tokyo Dance Critics Association to the highest dance honor in the country along with 7 other renowned japanese dancers. In 2013 working with Abe Frajndlich in Tokyo and Kyoto and created the sequence 2muse.