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64 Negocios I the lifestyle

Young Names
trAvELInG tHE wOrLD
by paulina lasa

we bring you a grouP oF Creative talents wHo are CoMMitted to tHeir resPeCtive Fields oF exPertise; MexiCans wHose work enjoys international exPosure and wHo Have gained reCognition botH at HoMe and abroad. tHese young ProFessionals Have tHeir wHole Careers aHead oF tHeM to exPlore tHe PatHs tHey Have started suCCessFully and will undoubtedly Make an invaluable Contribution to MexiCos Cultural Heritage.

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literature Valeria Luiselli (1983)


Luiselli was born in Mexico City but has lived in Costa Rica, Korea, South Africa, India and Spain. She currently resides in Harlem, New York, where she is taking a PhD at Columbia University. After graduating from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with a degree in Philosophy, she won a National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) scholarship to pursue her writing ambitions. For several years now she has been contributing to Mexican literary publications like Nexos and Letras Libres and international dailies like El Pas, The New York Times, Internazionale and Granta. She has also been involved in multidisciplinary projects, writing a ballet libretto for choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and the New York City Ballet and, more recently, a monologue for an exhibition by New York sculptor Melissa Stern. Her first novel, Papeles falsos (Sexto Piso, 2010), was rated pick of the year by the Mexican newspaper Reforma, while Los ingrvidos (Sexto Piso, 2011) is currently being translated into English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese and Hebrew.

CineMa Elisa Miller (1982)


A native of Mexico City, where she currently lives and works, Elisa Miller studied English Literature at the UNAM. In 2008, she graduated from Mexico Citys Cinematographic Training Center (CCC) film school in screenwriting and directing with her short film Roma. The previous year, her short film Ver Llover won a Palme dOr at Cannes and went on to tour the international festival circuit. Her first feature, Vete Ms Lejos Alicia, premiered at the 2010 Morelia International Film Festival and was nominated for a Tiger Award at Rotterdam. In June, it was released at movie theaters in Mexico. In 2009, Miller was awarded a scholarship by the FONCA Young Creators Program and in 2010-2011 she participated in the BingerFilmLab writers program, an Amsterdam-based international feature and documentary film development center. The project she is currently working on has the backing of the Huber Bals Fund, an initiative of the Rotterdam International Film Festival.

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66 Negocios I the lifestyle

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arCHiteCture Productora
Productora is a Mexico City-based architecture firm whose partners Abel Perles (Argentina, 1972), Carlos Bedoya (Mexico, 1973), Vctor Jaime (Mexico, 1978) and Wonne Ickx (Belgium, 1974) come from different corners of the globe. The firm is currently involved in residential, government and corporate projects in Mexico, South America and Asia and its partners give classes and conferences in Mexico and abroad. Productora was selected to participate in the Young Architects Forum organized by the Architectural League (New York, 2007). The firm also took part in the 2nd Architecture Biennial Beijing (China, 2006) and the Venice Biennale of Architecture (Italy, 2008). As one of the groups invited to participate in the Ordos 100 Project for the design of a house in Inner Mongolia (China, 2008), Productora won the International Architecture Competition with its proposal for the new headquarters of the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) in Caracas, Venezuela, in collaboration with Lucio Muniain. The firm was commissioned to build an installation at the National Art Museum of Beijing (China, 2009) and its work was shown at the 1:1 Architects Build Small Spaces expo at the Victoria & Albert Museum (London, 2010).

visual arts Emilio Valds (1983)


The visual arts are Valds main area of interest, although he has also participated in film projects as a photographer, screenwriter and actor. A graduate of La Esmeralda art school in Mexico City, video, photography and drawing are his mediums of choice. Since 2003, he has taken part in collective exhibitions at the Luis Adelantado gallery, Valencia, Spain; the Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway; the Zamek Ujazdowski Contemporary Art Museum, Poland; the Play Gallery, Berlin, Germany and the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, US. In his native Mexico City, he is represented by the Luis Adelantado Gallery and is involved in the Monclova and Garash projects. Two-time winner of the FONCA Young Creators scholarship, Valds received a grant from the 2007 CIFO program. His work has been snapped up by major collections like Jumex and Grupo Hbita in Mexico and the Daros Foundation in Switzerland, among others.

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FasHion Gabriela Artigas (1981)


Born and raised in Mexico City, Gabriela Artigas began making her first pieces while she was studying Textile Design at the Iberoamericana University (UIA). In 2003, she founded Gabriela Artigas Co. in Los Angeles, where she is currently based. In October 2006, she was the youngest designer selected to show a collection at Gen Arts Fresh Faces in Fashion, Los Angeles the first jewelry collection to ever make it into the gift store catalogue of the Los Angeles Contemporary Art Museum. Artigas designs are carried by dozens of stores in the US, Japan, France and Mexico and have appeared in international publications like Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire UK, Elle, Elle Japan and Vogue.

design Diego Crdenas (1987)


After graduating from the UNAM in 2011 with a degree in Industrial Design, Crdenas traveled to France, where he took courses in the use of bamboo as a design material. His first design, an eco-bicycle made almost entirely of bamboo harvested in Veracruz, has traveled the world, appearing in publications like National Geographic, Entrepreneur, Life&Style, Womens Health and the Mexican newspaper Reforma. In 2010, his bamboo bicycle was nominated for the Cond Nast UK Sustainability Award and in 2011 it won the Qurum Award in the Transport category. Crdenas currently lives in his native Mexico City, where he runs his own bamboo bicycle company, Bamboocycles.