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Kelly Akashi, FICTILIS, Margaret Killjoy, & Ann VanderMeer

Kelly Akashi lives and works in Los Angeles. She has exhibited internationally at institutions and galleries such as Sculpture Center, New York (2017); Gladstone Gallery, New York (2017); White Cube, London (2017); MOCA, Detroit (2017); Antenna Space, Shanghai (2017); Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon (2017); Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles (2016); The Jewish Museum, New York (2016); David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2016); and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); among many others. Her work is in the public collections of LACMA, Hammer Museum, and David Roberts Art Foundation, and has been written about in publications such as Artforum, Frieze, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, New York Times Magazine, Kaleidoscope, and Mousse. She studied at Otis College of Art and Design (BFA 2006) before attending Staedelschule in Frankfurt am Main and later graduating from the Roski School of Fine Art at USC (MFA 2014). Akashi is currently guest faculty at ArtCenterCollege of Design. Her practice is represented by Ghebaly Gallery in Los Angeles.

FICTILIS is a curatorial collective whose collaborative work result in exhibitions, installations, and other public projects, with ongoing interests in language, collections, institutions, and the links between social and environmental issues. They have created works, curated exhibitions, organized events, and been visiting artists in a variety of contexts, from vacant buildings and public streets to venues like Headlands Center for the Arts, Princeton School of Architecture, Science Gallery Dublin, and the Santa Fe Art Institute. Recent projects have received grants from the Puffin Foundation, the Left Tilt Fund, and the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and have been nominated for the Human Impacts Institute’s Creative Climate Award, the COAL Art & Environment Prize. In 2015, FICTILIS founded the Museum of Capitalism, an institution dedicated to educating this generation and future generations about the ideology, history, and legacy of capitalism, through exhibitions, research, publication, collecting and preserving material evidence, art, and artifacts of capitalism, and a variety of public programming.

Margaret Killjoy is a transfeminine author and editor currently living on a land project in the Appalachian Mountains. She is the author of the Danielle Cain series of novellas, published by Tor.com. The first book, The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion, was released in 2017, and its sequel The Barrow Will Send What it May will be released in April 2018. Her work primarily deals with themes of power and anarchism, as well as gender, social transformation, and people living itinerant or criminal lifestyles. Margaret spends her time crafting and complaining about authoritarian power structures and she blogs at birdsbeforethestorm.net.

Ann VanderMeer is an award-winning editor & anthologist. She currently serves as an acquiring editor for Tor.com and Weird Fiction Review and is the Editor-in-Residence for Shared Worlds, a Science Fiction and Fantasy writing camp for high school students. Her latest anthologies include The Time Traveler’s Almanac, Sisters of the Revolution, The Big Book of Science Fiction and the upcoming The Big Book of Classic Fantasy.

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