ak cespedes – SSF 2015 Featured Photographer

ak cespedes was born in Lima, Peru in 1975 to parents who loved to travel. Her early life was all about documenting family life via photos. These two familial passions have become a passion of hers that continues to feed her need to explore and grow as an artist and an individual. In 2013, she quit her full time job as a TV Production Manager and embarked on a European summer vacation that fueled her desire to work on her photography. Since then, ak has been featured in the 2014 July Mixer at Eleazar Delgado’s Studio in downtown Miami; Art Fall Out event at Girl’s Club in Fort Lauderdale; the 2014 Biennale at Vargas Gallery in Pembroke Pines; the Snap To Grid exhibit at L.A.C.D.A. in Los Angeles, CA. In 2015, she was once again featured in the January Mixer hosted by Eleazar Delgado’s Studio in DCOTA in Fort Lauderdale and in the River of Art #19 produced by Life Is Art in Miami. Her work is a reflection of her TV career, where she focuses on a protagonist and a story. ak has collaborated on a music video for Peruvian singer/songwriter Diana Mera. She also finds ways of giving back to her community. She has donated artwork for the Miami Rescue Mission auction, as well as photographing and editing family portraits for women and children living in shelters. She is passionate about inspiring young women who have survived abuse to believe that they can do anything in life.

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Whether she's hosting a spoken word event, music festival, or playing the role of a santera or vixen, Deborah Magdalena makes every emotion super real. This performance artist has acquired impressive TV & Film credits for the past twenty years including Sesame Street (CTW), Apollo Comedy Hour (Tribune Entertainment), Safe Harbor (Warner Brothers), Striptease (Castle Rock), Holyman (Caravan), and For Love or Country (HBO). As a published spoken word artist Deborah has released three CDs, a chapbook, and the spoken word musical FUNKdalena. As an artist-activist she’s the founder of Spoken Soul Festival, a twelve year old, three-day festival that helps women artists go from novice to professionals. As an educator Deborah for the past eight years has led in-school presentations in numerous high schools for the National YoungArts Foundation, is the co-founder of Piano Slam, and led various workshops for local art organizations like Miami Light Project and Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. Most recently and for the seventh year in a row, she was invited by the Arsht Center and Ailey Arts & Education Foundation to serve as the Creative Communication instructor for Ailey Camp Miami.

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