Leonard Suryajaya

October 3-31, 2015

Leonard Suryajaya,  Mom as Bodhisattva , 2015, Archival inkjet print

Leonard Suryajaya, Mom as Bodhisattva, 2015, Archival inkjet print

Leonard Suryajaya: Bathe me when I die

Suryajaya explores intimacy, anxiety of displacement, and questions of selfhood in the context of family, culture and sexuality. Suryajaya presents personal narrative and storytelling through photography, video and performance. The exhibition confronts the ubiquity of the lens-based medium and exoticism in looking. It invites the viewer to reflect on their own understanding and experience of self and cultural identity, relationships and the validity of intimacy.

Influenced by the cultural milieu of a childhood in Indonesia, Suryajaya now lives and works in Chicago, IL. Suryajaya earned his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015 and his BFA from California State University in 2013. Suryajaya has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Illinois, California and Indonesia.