Pedro Letria is a Portuguese artist whose work reflects upon issues of displacement and belonging. His use of photography and text are a reflection on how image and language function alone and, once combined, establish an alternate discourse. His photographs have been widely published and Pedro Letria is the author of 7 monographs. His work has been exhibited in venues such as the Centro Cultural de Belém, Portugal; Fundación Foto Colectanea, in Barcelona, Spain; Parc de la Villette, Paris, France; Galeria Olido in São Paulo, Brazil, and the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany. His work is part of European public and private collections. With a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Pedro Letria is a Fulbright scholar and a RISD M.F.A. Photography graduate. He has taught at Escola Superior de Arte e Design, in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal, since 2000.
Czech born Vera Neubauer is one of the most prolific animators in the UK. She has written numerous scripts, has had photo exhibitions and curated festival screenings. Her films have been widely shown internationally in cinemas, galleries and on television. They have been awarded 2 BAFTA’s, as well as major prizes at international film festivals. Her retrospectives have been screened in Bristol, Liverpool, Baden, Rome, Lleida, Tampere, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Mumbai, Berlin, Volda, Siena, Vienna, Sderot, Ravenna, Oberhausen and Sofia. Neubauer taught art and filmmaking at Central St. Martin’s School of Art, Royal College of Art, and Goldsmiths University. She works as an independent artist and filmmaker in London and occasionally holds workshops throughout the world.
Meenakshi e Vinay Rai
Founders of an Early Education web channel and Community web channel, the activist duo Meenakshi Vinay Rai, winners of the National Award Film & Culture, are engaged in evolving innovative practices linking education and culture through media and information literacy. With 41 International & national awards won, the couple is promoting media literacy among children and teenagers in Asia and Europe. They are also successfully using animation as a therapy for children with special needs through ‘Spandan- the vibrating visuals’ – an award winning ambitious animation project created to encourage talent among mentally challenged, spastic and orthopedic children. Authors of a book on animation, they have been regularly invited to give workshops at international platforms.