Amanda Alfieri makes work primarily in performance using her body as her main subject. By placing herself in extremely uncomfortable and vulnerable situations, her work investigates the influence of technology on popular culture and gender as well as online sexual self-expression. In past works, she’s trained and dieted in order to compete in a bikini competition. Currently, she’s investigating Instagram’s obsession with all things booty. Alfieri received a BFA from the University of Southern California (2007), an MFA from Columbia University (2013), and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2008). She is a 2016 recipient of a Franklin Furnace Fund.
Kendra Eash is a humor writer and creative director based in Brooklyn. Her humor pieces have been published by The New Yorker, McSweeney's, The Rumpus, The Hairpin, The Toast, and GOOD magazine. She is a co-owner of And/Or studio, where she writes clever things for screens of all sizes.
Christine Sun Kim uses the medium of sound in performance and drawing to investigate her relationship with spoken languages and her aural environment. Selected exhibitions and performances have been held at: White Space, Beijing (solo); Carroll/Fletcher, London (solo); De Appel, Amsterdam (solo); nyMusikk, Oslo; Sound Live Tokyo, Tokyo; Berlin Biennale; Shanghai Biennale; and the Museum of Modern Art / PS1, New York. Kim was awarded TED and MIT Media Lab Fellowships.
Merissa Nathan Gerson is a freelance nonfiction and fiction writer. Her written work focuses on sex, sexuality, and Judaism as well as trauma, post-war reconciliation, and intergenerational repercussions of war. She was the intergenerational trauma consultant to Amazon's hit show Transparent and has writing featured in Playboy Magazine, The Atlantic, Elle.com, Tablet Magazine, Lilith Magazine, and many others. She teaches about sex and religion across Los Angeles and nationally. Merissa holds a BA in American Culture Studies and Women and Gender Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado and most recently an MA in Jewish Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She spent a year studying Torah at the PARDES institute for Jewish Studies in 2010 and is a Sivananda certified yoga teacher. From 2006-2008 she trained intensively in the Shambalah lineage of Shamatha meditation and in 2013 she attended the ALEPH Jewish Renewal Kallah retreat where she studied with Rabbi Shefa Gold, Rabbi David Ingber, and others.
Slinko is a multi-disciplinary artist born in Ukraine, and now working and living in New Jersey. Slinko studied painting at Kharkiv Institute of Industrial Art, graphic design at Fashion Institute of Technology, and has an MFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. Slinko has been awarded Jacob K. Javits Fellowship and had residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Sculpture Space, Henry Street Settlement, Bemis, and Dar al-Ma’mûn in Morocco. Slinko currently is an Open Sessions fellow at the Drawing Center in New York.
Suzanne Snider is a writer, documentarian, and educator whose work is deeply influenced by oral history theory and practice. Her most recent projects have taken the shape of sound installation, essays, and archive design. In 2012, she founded Oral History Summer School/Oral History Winter School, a cross-disciplinary workshop in upstate New York and Chicago. She works with institutions and project teams including MoMA, the National Public Housing Museum, Center for Reproductive Rights, Judd Foundation and the Prison Public Memory Project on oral history-related challenges. Her own oral history projects have addressed disappearing labor forces, rehabilitative medicine, parapsychology, and feminist presses (supported by the Radcliffe Institute/Schlesinger Library Oral History Grant). Her writing/audio work appear in The Guardian, The Believer, Legal Affairs, and The Washington Post, along with several anthologies and artist catalogs; she received a 2011 commission from Triple Canopy for New Media Reporting. Prior to her work with adult learners, she taught in the New York City public school system (pre-K through 6th), and developed arts curriculum for visually impaired students at the New York Institute for Special Education. With support from the Yaddo Corporation, the MacDowell Colony and the UCross Foundation Center, she is completing her first book, The Latecomers. Snider teaches at the New School University.