Creators

In Stofan the library explores with creative collaborators
social spaces, dimensions of communications and
the use and relevance of the library in today´s society and for the days to come. 

 

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Achola Otieno is the creator of the March edition of Stofan. Achola has extensive experience working with policy, research, and projects relating to integration, inclusion, and diversity issues, She was a board member at W.O.M.E.N in Iceland and a representative of the Multicultural Centre. Achola has a BA in Public Relations and a Master’s degree in International Affairs. She has also worked with projects, such as the UNHCR on the relocation of refugees in Kakuma, Kenya,  Here in Iceland, she worked as a project manager, handling district projects for immigrants and with the Human rights and Democracy office for the City of Reykjavik as a specialist in immigrants’ issues.

 

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Anna Marjankowska is the curator of the November edition of Stofan. She is a labour organizer, researcher of modern working conditions, educator, care sector worker and a troublemaker.

 

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Anna Wojtyńska is a postdoctoral researchers at the Department of Anthropology, University of Iceland. Her main research focus include labour migration and transnationalism. She holds a master degree from Warsaw University (Anthropology) and doctoral degree from University of Iceland. Her research focus is on Polish migrants in Iceland with emphasis on migrants’ transnational practices and their participation in the labour market. She has lookes into the imaginative character of temporary migration and its possible ramification on migrants’ integration to the labour market and society at large. Two projects she is currently working on, look at integration and inclusion in the rural areas of Iceland.

 

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Guðný Sara Birgisdóttir (1993) completed her BA studies in fine art in 2018, where her work consisted of installations with texts, videos and sound. She graduated from the masters program of design from IUA where she was drawn to doing extensive research on interesting topics in Iceland as well as globally, still using the same mediums listed above. She often uses a speculative setting where her research is processed and translated in a creative way, both in physical and emotional spaces. Guðný seeks to design and create a body of experiences that make us think about and question our relationship to our surroundings. She looks into production processes, material use, storytelling, emerging technologies, relationships and how to create an exciting, challenging or effective environment for discussion and awareness raising. Guðný will graduate from arts education in the spring of 2022.

 

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Janosch Bela Kratz is a communication designer and media artist from Karlsruhe, Germany, currently living in Reykjavík, Iceland. While studying communication design at HfG Karlsruhe he decided to take a break so he could graduate in the Design Master program “Explorations & Translations” at Listaháskóli Islands, with a focus on fiction in design, post-human feminism and immigration history. While the master’s degree shaped his theoretical mindset the ongoing studies in Karlsruhe are building his practical back bone. Within his work he frequently touches topics like home, leaving, arriving and the contact to the non-human. His main sources are pop cultural and social phenomena which became cornerstones of his research and artistic practice. Even though he is mainly working with code, video essays and illustrations he likes to discover new media in the process of his work. 

 

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Michelle Spinei is a writer from the United States, living in Reykjavik. Her travel writing is featured in publications like Fodor's and Matador Network. She is a member of the Women's Fiction Writers Association and is currently working on her first novel.

 

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Thomas from A-SPHERES Design Studio conducts spacial research. More on A-SPHERES is found on Instagram @a.spheres.o

 

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