ALEX SAWATZKY

ART & MARKETING director

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alex@photographerswithoutborders.org


A little bit about you:

As an artist, photographer, environmentalist, and activist, I strongly believe that art is perhaps the most important tool in creating change, advocacy and inspiring action. Acknowledging my own agency, I strive to deconstruct and challenge stereotypes and barriers.

Lately, my work and interests revolve around sustainability and slowing down processes. Slow journalism, minimal design and conscious photography are a few of my focuses, all while breaking the cycle of destructive consumerism, such as fast fashion. There is strength and beauty in slowing down, asking questions and being deliberate about what you create and put out into the world.

As a creative, I am always absorbing information and inspiration everywhere I go, and with everything I do. Inspiration can come to me sometimes through unexpected avenues in life and I tend to pull from that when creating. Ultimately, through my work I hope to create and inspire, striving for positive changes in the world around me.

A little bit about your role at PWB:
My role centres on all things creative at PWB. It's my main job to synchronize with all of the wonderful work my fellow teammates do on a regular basis, and present it beautifully. Whether that be designing the PWB bi-annual magazine, managing social media, creating newsletters or updating our website. Everything that goes out into the world needs to be curated and on-brand, and that's where the creative team comes in.

The best part of my job is having the opportunity to support the leaders and change-makers behind these grassroots organizations who are making immense impact all around the world.

What are you most passionate about?
Social/environmental justice and beautiful art.

When you are not working, what do you enjoy doing?
Reading
Film Photography
Thrifting
Learning languages
Playing the piano

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is:
Your productivity does not determine your value

3 things on your Bucket List:
Speak at least 4 languages
Ted Talk
Write a book
Live in a different country

What inspires you?
My team
Killer art/design/photography
Travelling, experiencing new things
Sunshine!

Favourite Books / Podcasts:
Anything by Haruki Murukami
The Hum Podcast by JAYU
Planet MoneyPodcast by NPR

Favourite quote:
You do not have to be a fire for every mountain blocking you. You could be water and soft river your way to freedom, too. -Nayyirah Waheed


If you have any questions, you can contact Alex at:
alex@photographerswithoutborders.org

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