Artists

Fresco artist Liu Zheng

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Born in China’s Hebei province but raised in Beijing, 35 year-old Fresco artist Liu Zheng is the son of a fashion designer and a musician. His father played French horn in a military band. Liu says although he loves music, he didn’t want to follow his dad’s path.

Instead, he stubbornly repeated his last year of secondary school four times to finally score enough marks to win a place in an oil painting program at a university in China’s capital. Upon graduation, he was handed a stable government job but later opted for a trowel and a paint brush.

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Illustrator Lucie Guyard

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Lucie Guyard is a 33 year old native of the French tropical island Martinique in the French Caribbean. After receiving her diploma in graphic design, she moved to metropolitan Paris for work briefly before moving to Shanghai, where she has now been a resident for 7 years. And this is where her artistic business venture of publishing a series of comic stories on Chinese social media WeChat began.

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Follow Lucie Guard’s adventures on WeChat: LaPiteLu
Click here to see Lucie Guard’s work portfolio and comic stories  http://www.lucie-guyard.com/blog/en/
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Musician Karmen Cheung

Interview by ND, based in Hong Kong 

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Under the galaxy ceiling in a cozy attic, Karmen Cheung, 25, sits cross-legged on the floor singing with her guitar to bid farewell to her artist friend. Women in their flowery beach dresses play African drums and Ukulees while men spin poi, a performing art style originating from the Maori people of New Zealand…

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You can find Karmen Cheung’s debut EP HOPE LAND on iTunes. For more information, visit Karmen’s facebook page.
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Filmmaker Nic Askew

Interview by Ekaterina Khaletskaya, based in Moscow

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Nic Askew, 47, is a self-ascribed “poet film maker.”For the past eight years, he has travelled the world to feature human stories on love, death and more. Nic says his black & white films are best watched full screen and with the world “switched off”.
Nic Askew Official Website
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Musicians Uncle Alex

Interview by Allyanna Anglim, based in Hong Kong  

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The musical duo, with Vicky Allington on vocals and Steve Westlake on guitar and vocals, describes their music as acoustic with folk and bluegrass influences. Formed in June 2013, Vicky and Alex have performed at various venues across Hong Kong, including The Wanch, The Flying Winemaker, Kila, The Canny Man and Fill in the Blank.
Uncle Alex Official Website
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Musician Plenthe

Interview by Swastika Nohara based in Jakarta

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Plenthe is a Javanese musician who has toured many countries, performing at various international art festivals in the Netherlands, Australia and Zimbabwe. His band, Plenthe Percussion has released three albums, each selling over 1500 copies.

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Maria Klochkova Lighting Designer

Interview by Ekaterina Khaletskaya based in Moscow

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Maria Klochkova is a lighting and graphic designer based in London. She studied graphic design in Russia, and then went on to pursue her masters in lighting at Central Saint Martins College in London. She was the lighting designer for Hamlet by The Purple Hibiscus Theatre Company. Her other projects also include Street Stories: Dance Collaborations 2013′, an East London Dance and Royal Opera House project, and the ‘Walking’ Project by Robert Wilson.
Maria Klochkova official website

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New Media Artist Angel Lin

Video interview by Scarlett Meng, based in New York 

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Angel Lin is a new media artist. He has showcased his work in more than thirteen exhibitions at home and abroad since 2003. In 2010, Angel debuted the “J’ai peur” collection in the Italian Consulate General of Shanghai.
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Photographer Joseph Pascual

Interview by Allyanna Anglim, based in Hong Kong

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Joseph Pascual, 25, is a Manila-based full-time photographer-blogger. He has done shoots for popular Filipino publications like the Philippine Daily Inquirer and local fashion and lifestyle magazines such as Rogue. Joseph has also collaborated with creative agencies on projects for Pandora Jewelry and Tomato Clothing.
Joseph Pascual Official Website
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Slow motion artist Jennifer Kidd

Interview by Joanna Pierce, based in Hong Kong

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Jennifer Kidd is a stop motion animation artist from Kildare, Ireland. She is now based in London. In her final year at Dublin’s Institute of Technology she won Best in Show and has gone on to exhibit in the Digital Hub in Dublin, and London’s Richmix Gallery and Hanmi Gallery. She also co-curated her most recent exhibit, ‘Silence and I’. Jennifer has worked with Derek Barnes and Tim Allen, the British animation artist known for his work on Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. Jennifer will return to the Hanmi Gallery for her next exhibit which opens in October.

Jennifer Kidd Official Website

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Musicians Bella Elektra

Interview by Allyanna Anglim, based in Hong Kong

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Bella Elektra, formed in 2012 comprise of New Yorker Jeff Anello on vocals, Texan Michal Garcia on the trumpet, Oscar Azahar from Toronto on the saxophone and Lithuanian DJ Gie on Electronics. They have performed at various venues across Asia, including Taiwan, Mainland China and Hong Kong. Belle Elekra will perform at Hidden Agenda in Hong Kong on September 20.Bella Elektra Official Facebook Page
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Director Tuan Le

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A full moon hangs in the sky over Saigon’s colonial French Opera House. More than 300 visitors from around the world are flocking to the theatre to experience the AO show, a hybrid circus and dance production. The show has no words but Tuan Le’s production sways the audience with romance, energy and humor…

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The Vietnamese-German director kick started his career as a juggler at the age of 7 in Saigon. In 2010 he became the first Asian to win the Award of Excellence from the International Jugglers’ Association (IJA). He is also the first Vietnamese performer to join one of the world’s largest entertainment companies, Cirque du Soleil. Tuan Le’s first new circus production as a director, Lang Loi (my village), has been shown more than 300 times around the world including France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Hungary and Hong Kong.
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Photographer Pinaki Chakravarty

Interview by Ekaterina Khaletskaya, based in Moscow

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Pinaki Chakravarty, 33, is a photographer, writer and designer currently based in Switzerland. For the last 10 years, he has traveled around the world to capture marginalized stories: the quiet French villages; the Bedouins of Oman, Kuwaiti turtles and Russian grandmothers.

Pinaki Chakravarty Official Website

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Musicians Minor Soul

Interview by ND, based in Hong Kong

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Raised in Hong Kong but of American and British heritage, nurtured in English, French and Chinese, Minor Soul is now launching a music career in New York. The acoustic pop band, formed by two young brothers, has an appealing profile. But wait till you hear their music, also a hybrid invention – a blend of the classic and the modern pop. Minor Soul performs at the Bitter End every Saturday (Bleecker St, Lower East Side, Manhattan, NY)
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Curator David Ben Kay

Video interview directed by Scarlett Meng, based in New York

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David Ben Kay is the chairman and curator of yuanfen flow. Find out more about yuanfen flow Consulting Studio.
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