Visual Artist: Shebana Coelho
Shebana Coelho is a writer/director, originally from India, now based in New Mexico. She received a Fiction Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a Fulbright research grant to Mongolia. Her stories, articles and poems have been published in domestic and international journals such Malpais Review. Chronogram, Word Riot, Slice, Juked, Sukoon, Vela, Al Jazeera America, Best Women's Travel Writing, vol. 10, and NPR's On Being Blog, among others. Her documentaries have been broadcast on American Public Television, BBC Radio Four and the Discovery Channel and received a Telly Award and South Asian Journalists Association award. Most recently, she produced and directed Nasario remembers the Río Puerco, a documentary about landscape and story, broadcast on New Mexico PBS. Excerpt from her new solo play, The Good Manners of Colonized Subjects, which interweaves dance and poetry, will be presented at the Pan Asian Repertory Theater's NUWORKS festival in New York this summer. She has facilitated creativity workshops in Santa Fe, Mongolia, Palestine, Zuni pueblo and American Samoa.
Singer/Songwriter: Fernando Barros
Fernando Barros is a native of Granada, Spain, Mr. Barros specializes in the unique cadence and rhythms that are the foundations of flamenco music. He has gained international recognition as an innovator whose voice and compositions reveal the “melody” inherent in Spanish literature and poetry, including Federico García Lorca, Antonio Machado, Juan Ramón Jiménez and Miguel de Cervantes. In 2017, Mr. Barros taught the history of flamenco, its rhythms and vocal techniques at Instituto Cervantes in Albuquerque, NM, and he currently offers university-level master classes and workshops for life-long learners interested in Spanish culture and the authentic history of flamenco. Mr. Barros is honored to be an invited member of the International Council of Dance at UNESCO (No. 16955), which preserves indigenous dances from around the world. As a cultural ambassador from the region of Andalusia, Spain, he is now based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.