UNCOMMON;YOU is a NYC-based multi-disciplinary arts community that fosters and produces work for and by underrepresented creatives of color. UCY is a central hub for meeting dope people and putting intersectionality at the forefront. Through events, opportunities, installations, and other mediums that encourage connection and collaboration amongst creatives, "YOU" are always transforming, and we want to be a part of that process.
Esther Lee is the creative director of the original production, Sharum, as well one of the executive directors of UNCOMMON;YOU. She is a Korean American photographer based in Queens. She specializes in editorial-inspired portrait work, aiming to center individuals from marginalized groups. She has collaborated with beauty bloggers, full-time models, and POC-owned clothing businesses such as Indian Wedding Saree and FIBREN.
Dena Igusti is an Indonesian Muslim poet based in Queens, New York. She is a 2018 New York Poet Laureate ambassador and 2017 Urban Word Federal Hall Fellow. She is the co-founder of Short Line Review and UNCOMMON;YOU. Her work has been featured in BOAAT Press, Waccamaw Journal, The Shanghai Literary Review, and more. She has performed at the Apollo Theatre, the 2018 Teen Vogue Summit, the Brooklyn Museum, and various universities and festivals across the U.S. Her forthcoming debut poetry collection "Party Guidelines" will be published with Game Over Books.
Mohammad Murtaza is an actor/playwright performing in NYC and studying Political Science at CUNY Hunter College. His featured works and productions include Undesirable Elements:Generation NYZ, And.. Action, The Glass Menagerie, and SHARUM. He is a Creative Director of UNCOMMON;YOU, an NYC arts collective that fosters and produces artwork created by underrepresented artists of color. He has worked with Ping Chong + Co, Keen Company, The Drama League. He has also guest lectured at Pace University.