ODYSSEY STORYTELLING PHOTOS and BIOS

MARCH 1 2012 - "(Neither) Here Nor There: Stories from Life in the Borderlands" UA Art Museum

This storytelling event was one of many events, symposia and exhibits featured in

connection with The Border Project: Soundscapes, Landscapes and Lifescapes, at the UA Museum of Art, curated by Lauren Rabb. Thanks to the Arizona State Credit Union for underwriting this event.

Dr. Albrecht Classen is University Distinguished Professor of German Studies, working in the field of the Middle Ages and the early modern age. He has published close to 70 scholarly books and more than 500 scholarly articles. He was born in Hesse, very close to the former border between East and West Germany, and witnessed the horrors of that terrible border for the first 25 years of his life. His story pertains to the past border and the present situation after the Cold War.

Austin Counts: The Alabama born – Arizona bred documentary filmmaker and journalist has spent the majority of his career covering the Arizona – Sonora border. What started as an opportunity for Counts to sell a story to Zocalo Magazine about migrant trails in 2009 - while studying journalism at the University of Arizona - has turned into Counts’ passion for documenting various aspects of border life. By 2010, Counts directed, edited and produced the award winning student documentary “Another Side of the Border” www.ml1215.com, which focuses on newsworthy border issues that differ from hot button topics like illegal immigration and drug-smuggling. After graduating from the U of A, Counts began reporting for the Nogales International, covering stories ranging from law enforcement officers accused of trafficking drugs through the I-19 Border Patrol checkpoint to Nogales’ struggling economy after 9/11. Currently, he is working on his second documentary that follows the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office as they work to repatriate the bodies to two migrants found in the Sonoran Desert - set for release in May 2012. Counts lives in Tucson, Ariz. with his wife, Leila, and newborn son, Alexander. You can see an excerpt from "Another Side of the Border": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTntHbgY_QY and it's follow up piece, "Beyond the Border-Staten Island: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC4e47xJj8k

Clark Atkinson is retired from a stimulating and rewarding career as an adult educator, a career which afforded him the opportunity to interact with Tucson's immigrant community.  For thirty plus years he has lived in a remote part of the desert outside of Tucson, about forty miles from the Mexico/U.S. border.

Glenn Weyant has called Tucson home for just over 17 years. During that time he has held a variety of jobs including missile salesman, baker, educator, journalist, hiking guide, secretary and warehouse clerk. His

passion, however, is playing the The Borderlands with a cello bow and implements of mass percussion. More details can be found at:  www.sonicanta.com.

Bella Vivante, Professor of Classics, University of Arizona, incorporates feminist and Native American theoretical perspectives into her research into Homer, oral traditions, Greek drama, and viewing ancient women’s ritual and cultural roles from innovative, empowering perspectives. She has studied and performed both ancient and modern drama on the stage, including roles in ancient Greek, and she has explored ancient themes in modern poetry and film. Her publications demonstrate her commitment to making the ancient world more accessible and dynamic to contemporary audiences: Daughters of Gaia: Women in the Ancient Mediterranean World (Praeger 2007, pb Oklahoma 2008); translator, with commentary, Euripides’ Helen, in Women on the Edge: Four Plays by Euripides (Routledge 1999).

Aurore Chabot is Professor of Ceramic Art in the School of Art at the University of Arizona. She was publications Director on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts(NCECA) and was awarded the title of Fellow of the Council of NCECA in 2005. She completed two major national public art commissions, which resulted in murals installed on the UA’s Marley Building and at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. Her work has been included in over 100 exhibitions and reproduced in influential art publications, including the Sculpture Reference Illustrated by Arthur Williams, and Ceramics, Ways of Creation, An Exploration of 36 Contemporary Ceramic Artists & Their Work by Richard Zakin. She was juror of the All Arizona Clay Exhibition 2008 at the Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, Arizona. Her artwork is in private and public collections, including those of the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; The Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan; The Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson; and the Pushkin Museum, Moscow, and has exhibited work in several national and regional art exhibitions, including the A.I.R. Gallery, New York City. She has completed several residencies including the Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT; Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Main; The McDowell Artists Colony, Peterborough, NH and the University of South Australia, Adelaide. Aurore was on sabbatical during fall, 2011 to research Tibetan Buddhist art, a new influence on her art, in museum collections in New York City, Newark, NJ, Boston, Los Angeles and Kansas City, MO. She is currently developing several works on paper, clay and mixed media sculpture, and pressed mold tile works. Images of a selection of her work can be viewed at her website gallery http://www.u.arizona.edu/~aurorec

Paco Velez: Paco far removed nickname for Francisco patron saint of misspent youth, street brawler and sometime soldier. My nature set in place by catholic tradition and border crossing resident alien cards, so I play out my roles. I am clandestine, wetback, animal; rodent like, foraging mammal. I am ambiguous “no soy de aqui ni soy de alla”. I am an amalgamation of two nations that deny me; steel walls, and barbed wire fences are my urban landscapes. I am human/monster influenced by my environment, teratology. Soy, Paco Velez, and from these stimuli my art is created. Culture and Tradition transcend all borders.  America you wear me out, I adore you. Velez is an artist whose dynamic exploration and excavation of two Americas reveals itself through painting, performance, installation and video. Velez’ unbridled energy demands attention to complex and unpleasant realities of globalization hot spots like the US-Mexico border, yet his pieces are full of playful humor and profound humanity. Velez runs the Toole Shed Art Space and the new gallery performance space Studio ONE in downtown Tucson. His piece “Treason with a Twist of Lime” is featured in the UA Museum of Art’s exhibit The Border Project: Soundscapes, Landscapes and Lifescapes.  Check out his website: www.pacovelezart.com

The Border Project is an official event of the                    Arizona Centennial Celebration

It was a full house!

Hosts Adam and Sarah                     Producer Penelope        Timekeeper Shannon, and Videographer Roscoe