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Guests: Nerissa Cooney, Lauren Downing, Gee Wesley, and Ricky Yanas
Host: Christopher Kardambikis
Recorded on January 16th, 2017
@ Ulises bookstore // Philadelphia, PA

Nerissa Cooney is an arts organizer, exhibition and graphic designer. She likes to bear in mind the Japanese word shokunin, which means craftsman or artisan, but implies a larger idea of social consciousness with an obligation to work one’s best for the general welfare of people. She loves sailing even more than she loves coffee.

Lauren Downing is a Philly-native that works at ICA as the Curatorial Assistant, while earning her M.A. in the History of Art at Penn. You can catch her at the gig.

Gee Wesley is an artist and organizer born in Monrovia, Liberia. Wesley is the current Spiegel-Wilks Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania.

Ricky Yanas (b. 1984) is a Texas born artist, curator, and educator based in Philadelphia, PA.  He received his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. In his work, he utilizes photography, painting, sculpture, and installation in to highlight and link activist traditions and struggles that weave through a multitude of aesthetic, philosophical, and political histories. He is currently a member of the artist-run gallery Tiger Strikes Asteroid Philadelphia and teaches video at Moore College of Art and Design.

Ulises is a bookshop and curatorial platform dedicated to artists’ books and independent art publications. Performing the model of a quarterly periodical, each curatorial season invites contributors to present publications, workshops, lectures, artworks, and collaborations in response to a given theme.http://ulises.us