ariella tai

ariella t. (they/them pronouns) is a Portland-based video essayist, film scholar, & programmer from Queens, NY. Their research & creative work stretches through the black diaspora, focusing on agency through aesthetics in representations of race, gender & queerness as well as the visualization of black vernaculars. They were a 2017 summer New Media Fellow at Open Signal  & have displayed work in PCC Paragon Gallery. They’ve curated programs for the Portland Black Film Festival, the Cascade Festival of African Films, + for @theysaiddontbringherhome : a film + performance series.

kiki nicole

kiki nicole (they/them pronouns) is a multimedia artist/writer born & raised primarily in Baltimore, MD & on the move ever since.  They are a 2016 Pink Door Fellow, a 2017 Queer Emerging Artist Residency cohort in Oakland, CA, & a 2018 Winter Tangerine Fellow. In 2017, they wrote for the Trans Day of Resilience campaign spearheaded by non-profit organization, Forward Together. They work to explore a Black, queer, femme & genderless universe that un/bodies, un/genders, & re/news, with a focus on identity, desirability & mental illness.