Kristian Melom is a freelance visual artist and educator. Working mostly through the mediums of film and photography, Kristian believes that good stories are best told by finding one’s shared experiences with others. He believes the creative process holds most power and impact when built on empathy and understanding. When Kristian is not out walking the city of Atlanta with students or faculty, he is usually engaged in a commercial or documentary shoot. Kristian is constantly looking for new ways to connect students to holistic learning and meaningful education. His goal is to inspire a passion for socially practiced art with the students of Lab Atlanta.
Kristian found his love for visual art and storytelling by way of studying Sound Arts and Music Production at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and this fidelity continues today with his obsession with podcasts and obscure vinyl LPs. After relocating to study Digital Photography and Design at City College in San Francisco, Kristian was inspired by the bold community of artists he found there. Through the encouragement of several pivotal professors, Kristian discovered filmmaking and further synthesized his interests in sound and visual storytelling. While completing a degree in Documentary Film at San Francisco State University, Kristian immersed himself in the school’s history of activism and social justice. He went on to make films for the Health Equity Institute of San Francisco and Pathways to Citizenship while supporting himself as a professional photographer.
For the past several years Kristian has taught digital storytelling and multimedia workshops within various marginalized communities. While working with the Bay Area Video Coalition’s SF Stories, Kristian collaborated with artists and storytellers at San Quentin Prison, Veterans Affairs and the Homeless Prenatal Project. Kristian also co-directed a series of classes and films with the University of San Francisco’s Performing Arts and Social Justice cohort in collaboration with the men at San Francisco County Jail.