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February 26 . 2021

Editor of Aleim Magazine

For Aleim Magazine Victoria interviewed Yannick Lebrun.

Victoria Foster holds an M.F.A. in film directing from the U.S.C. School of Cinema-Television and a B.A. in History from Stanford University, where she got her first taste of journalism by writing for the Stanford Daily. She later taught and lectured undergraduates in the Gender Studies and History programs at U.S.C., and since 2004 has worked in development on feature film and commercials. Foster was involved in the development of SEASON OF THE WITCH, PATHFINDER, and most recently, in the packaging of the indie feature SHRINK, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Williams, which debuted at Sundance in 2009. In addition to serving as Senior Editor of AM, she writes and directs commercials and short content independently, and is VP of Development & Production at Voyage Media in Santa Monica, a company that helps filmmakers develop, market, and sell their projects.


For Aleim Magazine Austin photographed Waris Ahlualia

Austin Irving is photographer born and raised in New York City. She graduated with a BFA from the Department of Photography and Imaging at NYU and in addition to being selected for various group shows, her work has been published in The International Herald Tribune, A Man’s World, D La Repubblica, Paper Magazine, Brides Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, and Hamptons Cottages & Gardens. Her photography was exclusively featured in the book, Gardens of Remembrance: A Garden Guide published for The Battery Conservancy in New York City.


For Aleim Magazine Aeric Meredith-Goujon photographed Yannick Lebrun

Aeric Meredith-Goujon was raised in southern Indiana but has been a New Yorker for the past decade and a half. In 1999 he received an MFA from Pratt Institute and his photographic attentions tend to center around music, erotica, portraiture, dance and fashion. Aeric lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.


For Aleim Magazine Dana Lixenberg photographed Kerry Washington

Dana Lixenberg (born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands,1964) lives and works in New York and Amsterdam. She studied Photography at the London College of Printing in London and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.In 1993 she was awarded a project grant by the Fonds BKVB (The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture) for a series of portraits at the Imperial Courts Housing Project in Los Angeles, California. She was soon getting commissions from a wide variety of magazines such as the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Vrij Nederland and Vibe, amongst many others. Many of these collaborations continue to this date. All the while Lixenberg continued working on long-term personal projects, mostly focused on individuals and communities on the margins of society. Several of these projects have been published in book form and have been exhibited at museums and galleries in Europe and the United States.She was the subject of a documentary titled: Dana Lixenberg, thru dutch eyes in 1999 and in 2005 she was featured in an episode of the documentary series Hollands Zicht (Dutch Vision) both for Dutch television.


For Aleim Magazine Ike Interviewed Shirin Neshat

From his provocative Cover Girl series featuring photographic portraits of himself on the covers of popular magazines, to his writings on sexuality and identity, the work of Nigerian-born Iké Udé explores a world of dualities: African/postnationalist, photographer/performance artist, artist/spectator, male/female, mainstream/marginal, seduction/narcissism, and fashion/art. As an artist from Nigeria working in New York City, connected to the world of fashion and celebrity, Udé gives the political aspects of performance and representation a new vitality, melding his own theatrical selves and multiple personae with his art. Like Andy Warhol, Udé plays with the ambiguities of the marketplace and art world, particularly in his notorious art, culture, and fashion magazine, aRUDE. This book, which accompanies a traveling exhibition organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art, in Portland, Maine, is the first comprehensive publication on Udé’s photography. The book contains photographs of the installations “Beyond Decorum”, “Uses of Evidence”, and “Project Rear”; several series, including Cover Girls, Uli, and Celluloid; and photographs from his magazine aRUDE. The book also includes essays by Lauri Firstenberg, Kobena Mercer, Olu Oguibe, Valerie Steele, Octavio Zaya, and Iké Udé himself, as well as an interview with Udé conducted by Okwui Enwezor. The reader meets Udé the artist, editor, dandy, and aesthete. In his writing, Udé speaks of the futility of stereotypes, and in his photography, he brings to life the image of the artist in a plenitude of guises.

His work is in the permanent collections of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of Art, and in many private collections; exhibited in solo and group exhibitions; reviewed in Art in America, Flash Art, and the New York Times. His articles on Fashion and art have been published in magazines and newspapers worldwide.

Vanity Fair included him in the magazine’s International Best Dress List, in 2009. He lives and works in New York City.


For Aleim Magazine George Pitts photographed Shirin Neshat

George Pitts is a Fine Art photographer, painter, and writer. His paintings, drawings, and photography have been shown in numerous exhibitions in the United States incl. New York at The Dash Gallery, The Ledisflam Gallery, and The Drawing Center; in Los Angeles: at The Antebellum Gallery, and Sometimes Madness Is Wisdom Gallery, and The University of California at San Bernardino; The University of Pennsylvania, Group Exhibition “This Is Not An Invitation To Rape Me” (March 2010); Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois; and abroad at Gallery Gora in Montreal; and in Tokyo. In 2009, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction selected his photograph for their “Juried Art Exhibition” and is now in their Permanent Collection in Bloomington, Indiana.
He is Director of Photographic Practices at Parsons the New School for Design, in the Photography program, The School of Art, Media and Technology. Previously, he has held the positions of Chair (2008-2009) and Associate Chair (2007-2008) of the Parsons Photography program.
Previously, Mr. Pitts was Director of Photography at LIFE Magazine from 2004-2007. And from 1993-2004, he was the Director of Photography at Vibe Magazine. In 2006, he was awarded The Lucie Award for “Picture Editor Of The Year.”


For Aleim Magazine Kely photographed Rainer Judd

Kely was born in Santos, Brazil and moved to NY a few months shy of her ninth birthday. Kely’s photography concentrates on social and personal commentary. Whenever possible, she prefers to shoot using natural light, this style is evident throughout her body of work. “I feel like a New Yorker when I am in Brazil, and I feel so very Brazilian when I am in New York, and I love that. I think it gives me such a singular perspective. What never ceases to fascinate me is how we as people negotiate our way through all the daily obstacles and struggles in our lives, however small or great. Survival, whatever that means to you and in whatever stage of your life or corner of the world you inhabit, is really the thread that connects us all.” Although she travels extensively for work her home base is in NY with her husband and four amazing children.


For Aleim Magazine Lina photographed Annabelle Selldorf

Lina is a photographer and video artist who lives and works in New York City. She recently premiered her new video, 18 Beautiful Women at the Miami International Film Festival in the Cutting Edge Section and Exhibition. The video installation and her photographic series Women in the Tattoo Subculture was shown at the Eleni Koroneou Gallery in Athen and Perry Rubnestein Gallery in New York. Lina is also represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago and received her Masters of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute in New York.


For Aleim Magazine Carla photographed Harif Guzman

Whether capturing the athletic, the artistic, the living landscape or the look of contemplation on a thoughtful face, Carla Phillips’ photographs probe the subtle power of her subjects. Distinctly minimalist, she has a gift for seeing the force of energy within each of us that compels us to express ourselves: as we pick up a surfboard and tackle the ocean, as we explore new continents through the eyes of a vivacious child, or when we pause to notice the details that make us quirky individuals, from red nail polish to that tattoo only your girlfriend has seen. Since she bought her first Nikon FE 2 with manual film at age 15, Carla has been driven to connect with others through sharing her photography.  Most of her work consists of  non-profits , documentary, lifestyle , travel , and events. Presently she is compiling a collection of New York City surf photographs for a book. Carla’s motivation in pursuing her passion in photography  was inspired from her experience in working in the fashion Industry  for  13 years as  a publicist, stylist,  production and asst  photographer  for major fashion publications such as Interview Mag, L’ Uomo Vogue, Mix  Mag London, Paper mag, Agnes B and working with inspiring photographers such as Michele Comte, Miles Aldiridge,Walter Chin, cinematographer Michelle McCabe and Matt Gunther.  After she left the industry she went to attend International Center of Photography  where she studied Documentary and Digital Photography.


For Aleim Magazine Amy interviewed Annabelle Selldorf

Amy holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University and a BA from Barnard College where she majored in Architecture and minored in Art History. She studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art in OH and at the National Academy School of Fine Arts in NYC. She has trained in plein air painting in Buonconvento and Montalcino, Italy. Drawing as a method of communication drew Amy into architecture. She has worked in film set design, exhibition and gallery design. For many years, she has worked closely with the artist Denise Green developing installations for her work in the US, Europe, and Australia. A licensed architect, Amy is currently working on residential projects for an architectural firm in Soho, New York.


For Aleim Magazine Aaron interviewed Waris Ahlualia

Australian born Aaron Peasley is a freelance writer and editor based in New York City. He constantly travels the world uncovering the latest in fashion, travel and culture and contributes to a range of international titles including Elle Decor, Harper’s Bazaar, Luxe, Vogue Living and Wallpaper.


For Aleim Magazine Daniel Cassady interviewed Harif Guzman

Daniel is a writer. For most part, he writes down things that he sees; things that actually happened. Although, sometimes, he will imagine that something happened and write about that. His eyesight is moderately poor. To remedy this, he wears corrective lenses. The style of the frames in which these corrective lenses sit is commonly referred to as “horn-rimmed” when, in fact. the proper name is “browline”. it is an easy mistake to make.


For Aleim Magazine Keisha Scarville photographed Andrew Dosunmu

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Keisha weaves together themes dealing with memory and transformation often photographing her family and common everyday objects. Scarville’s work has been exhibited and published nationally. Her work has been included in exhibitions in New York City at Rush Arts, Ken Keleba Gallery, Hunter College, Museum of African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in Brooklyn, and The Brooklyn Museum of Art. In addition, her work has appeared in Camera Arts Magazine, Time, Vibe, Nylon, and The New York Times where her work has also received critical review. Keisha’s work is included in various public and private collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Center for Photography at Woodstock where she was an artist-in-resident in 2003. In 2006, Keisha was awarded a grant through the Brooklyn Arts Council’s Community Arts Program. Currently, Keisha is a faculty member at the International Center of Photography. She balances her time between working for various youth arts organizations and her own art-related projects.


For Aleim Magazine Jan Sharp interviewed Evgenia Citkowitz

Born on Murray River, edge of Australian outback, no high school so sent off to Convent in Melbourne. First woman film director in Australia since the 1920s. Because of feminist movement, government film bodies had to appoint a woman for equal opportunity. For 5 years was part of Chequerboard on ABC TV, the highest rating program on Australian TV on Tuesday nights. When Alice was born, I couldn’t travel, as I needed to for a National program so I returned to Film Australia directing documentaries focused on Sydney, I won AFI award two years in a row in mid 70s. Met husband Phillip Noyce when he was attached to me as an intern at Film Australia. 1975, the Year of the Woman, I was The Marlboro Woman for director Fred Schepsi even though I didn’t ride or smoke. Unfortunately the public didn’t go for the switch.

I started making feature films when Lucia was a baby because she wouldn’t be minded by anyone else but she would let me write. I wrote and produced Echoes of Paradise with John Lone playing a Balinese dancer and The Good Wife with Sam Neill, Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward. We moved to Hollywood 24 years ago because Phillip wanted to be a studio director after Dead Calm. From L.A, through New Line, I wrote and produced Wide Sargasso Sea in Jamaica.

The three films I’ve made have been in constant distribution internationally, cable and DVD etc. I’ve had three other projects I wrote and developed to the point of being in pre production but had fallen over. It was this frustrating experience, which inspired me to just go out and do it without having to raise any money. I shoot on tape my Sony DVCam. Edit on Final Cut on my Mac with technical assistance from various young and savvy filmmaker houseguests. Sort of in exchange for rent.

I started to shoot Michele to make a film about the grand task of opening les Deux Cafe in the middle of the 18th gang’s territory and all the opponents she had to deal with. I had no idea then that Rick would become such an international, Paris based fashion icon.


For Aleim Magazine Michael interviewed Andrew Dosunmu

Journalist Michael A. Gonzales writes for The London Telegraph, New York and Vibe. His essay on pioneering noir writer Chester Himes appears in Best African-American Essays 2010. In addition, Gonzales has written fiction for Trace, Untold (UK), One World, Bronx Biannual and Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex edited Rachel Kramer Bussel (Celis Press). He blogs @ .


For Aleim Magazine Reilly Smith interviwed Nina Garduno

Reilly Smith is a fiction writer based in Los Angeles while living in cities all over the world. He is currently producing the novel, “We Are The Dusk,” by Sam Winburn and John Durban, which is set to be published late 2011. Also a triathlete, he spends the rest of his time training with hopes of one day qualifying for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.


For Aleim Magazine Rozano directed the video for Nina Garduno

Rozano Johnson was born in New York City and spends his time between New York, Los Angeles and Panama. He is currently the subject of a documentary about September 11th which will be released in 2011 to commemorate the 10th anniversary.


For Aleim Magazine Stefan interviewed Kerry Washington

Stefan Sirucek is a writer and journalist. He lived abroad for several years in Berlin and Hamburg, working as a reporter, Fulbright scholar and studying film. His creative work has appeared on NPR and he is a regular contributor of news and opinion pieces to the Huffington Post. He lives in New York.


For Aleim Magazine Tierney photographed Evgenia Citkowitz

Virtually unknown to the art world at the time, self taught photographer Tierney Gearon exploded onto the art scene in 2001 with Charles Saatchi’s “I am a Camera” exhibition in London. Since her controversial debut, Gearon has been pushing the envelope of contemporary photography. “The Mother Project” and “Daddy, Where are you” gave us an intimate view into Tierney’s relationship with her mentally ill mother, capturing the raw intensity and celebrating her free spirit. Most recently Gearon has pushed her photography to a new zenith, double exposing film inside of the camera to produce groundbreaking chance narratives in EXPLOSURE.


For Aleim Magazine Tristine interviewed Rainer Judd

Tristine Skyler was born and raised in New York City. She holds a B.A. cum laude from Princeton University, with a certificate in theatre. A former actor, she has spent the last 7 years writing screenplays, including films for Killer Films, Miramax, and Paramount. She recently adapted poet Sylvia Plath’s only novel “The Bell Jar” for Mandalay Vision and Julia Stiles to star. She is currently working on a biopic about Hetty Green (1834-1916), considered to be the first woman on Wall Street. Her first screenplay, “Getting to Know You,” which she co-wrote with her sister Lisanne, was based on short stories by Joyce Carol Oates and played in the Dramatic Competition of the Sundance Film Festival and the Critics Week section of the Venice Film Festival. Her play “The Moonlight Room,” was produced off-Broadway in 2003-2004. It was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award for best new American play, and was named one of the ‘Top Ten Plays of the Year’ by The New York Times and The New York Post. She enjoys travel, cooking, and art, and serves on the board of Smartspaces, a non-profit dedicated to showcasing contemporary art in the windows of vacant storefronts in New York City.