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Issue Five | Basic Needs

2010 | 20×20 cm | 34 pages | black&white | 3 categories: words, visions, blender | 17 contributors

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Issue Five | Contributors:

Hicham Bensassi (born 27 December 1981), also known by his stage name  ‘River Styx’, is a British songwriter and poet. The Portobello Film Festival described him as “Musician & poet River Styx was brought up in West London, Ladbroke Grove and has been on a weird and wonderful journey ever since”. (myspace)

David Berridge is a writer based in London. He curates VerySmallKitchen. Dog Man, a serial fiction, is part of ‘Beyond the Dustheaps’  at The Charles Dickens Museum, NierghtravAOnWint’sIf A Teller at the Gooden Gallery’s 24/7 vitrine, and COPY// Understudy by the Critical Writing Collective.

Samantha Dolan was born in Scotland and is currently based in Dubai. She is a painter and illustrator whose work combines varying themes of imaginary folklore, portraiture and obsessive patterns. She graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of art and Design with a BA in Fine Art in 2009.    (website)

Timothy James Earl is 23 years old and lives just outside London. Most of the time he has absolutely no idea what he’s doing. He is trying his hardest, though. Last week he watched a brass band play in the rain, which he thought was very admirable. (website)

Multi-disciplinary graphic designer (BA Hons Staffordshire University) and illustrator (MA Central Saint Martins), Christopher Harper explores the parallels and divergences between these allied areas of communication design. He has worked as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator for advertising, design and publishing, and exhibited work nationally and internationally. He has lectured extensively in communication design across the United Kingdom and currently works as a part-time senior lecturer in Communication Design at the University of Huddersfield.

Richard House’s novels, Bruiser and Uninvited are published by Serpent’s Tail. His collaborative projects with Chicago-based group Haha are documented online at hahahaha.org. His fiction and co-authored short films (with Iain Finlay) have received support from the Arts Council and the UK Film Council. He lectures in creative writing at the University of Birmingham.

Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Based in Bristol, he is currently a research fellow at the University of Southampton and is established as an international artist. Fueled by the fact he is colourblind his interest in visual perception has led him to create a series of microbiological glassworks. (website)

Rob Jones is an illustrator and designer from Kent, UK. He graduated from the UCA in Maidstone, 2008 and has since been working on a freelance basis. He is also one part of the illustrative collective Wolfwind that work on a variety of commissioned and personal projects. His passion is drawing and painting and is inspired by the psyche, stories, situations and people. (website)

Asim Khan lives in Birmingham, England. His poetry and photography has appeared or is forthcoming in various magazines. He can be found at his local library between 6-8pm, Monday to Friday.

Mercedes Lawry was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and has lived in Seattle over thirty years.  She has published poetry in such journals as Poetry, Rhino, Nimrod, Poetry East, Seattle Review, and others.  Her chapbook, There Are Crows in My Blood, was published by Pudding House Press and she has a chapbook forthcoming from Finishing Line Press- Happy Darkness. She has also published some fiction as well as stories and poems for children.  She has received awards from the Seattle Arts Commission, Hugo House, and Artist Trust. She has been a Jack Straw Writer and held a residency at Hedgebrook.

Chengsi Lu was born in a small city of China, in a lovely midsummer day. She was recently graduated from Illustration Department of Camberwell College of Arts, and became a freelance illustrator in London. Her works were widely inspired by oriental culture. (website)

Gemma Pascual was born in Segovia but lives in Madrid.  She studied in national and international schools and has been exhibiting his work in several countries, galleries and art fairs. She works as a freelance photographer. Her photographs explore the everyday sense of place and time, their narratives always being a personal interpretation. (website)

Mario Pinheiro was born in 1982 in Porto, Portugal. In 2010 finished studying the MA in Illustration & Animation, at Kingston University, London. His first picture book, The Dog, the Seagull & the Shiny Fish, will come out in Spring 2011. Currently Mario is back in Porto, working as an illustrator.   (blog)

Francesca Ricci lives and works in London. In 2005 she co-founded the independent art magazine Interlude, and is now co-editor of 20×20 magazine. Recent exhibitions and projects include ‘20×20 magazine: collected visions’ (Madame Lillie’s), ‘agency@theAgency’ (The Agency Gallery), ‘Art/Value/Currency’ (The Pigeon Wing).

Walid Siti was born in Duhok, Kurdistani Iraq, in 1954, and lives in London. He has exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally. Recent solo shows include ‘Silent Mountains’, Duhok Gallery, Kurdistan, Iraq (2010); ‘Walid Siti’, XVA Gallery, Dubai UAE (2009); and ‘Land on Fire’, Rose Issa Projects at the Leighton House Museum, London (2008). Siti’s work is in several public collections, including The British Museum, The Imperial War Museum, and Victoria & Albert Museum in London; The National Gallery of Amman, Jordan; and The World Bank and The Iraq Memory Foundation, both in Washington DC.   (website)

Robert West is a freelance artist and writer who is part of the Art Collective Vanilla Galleries. He is concerned with producing process driven paintings that explore gesture, fracture and imprint through the use of inventive paint application processes.   (website)

Changming Yuan, author of Chansons of a Chinaman (2009) and two-time Pushcart nominee, who grew up in rural China and authored several books before moving to Canada, currently works in Vancouver and has had poems appearing in Barrow Street, Best Canadian Poetry, London Magazine, Nthposition, Orbis and over 300 other literary publications worldwide.