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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Is Portraiture Still a Viable Medium in Exploring Identity?

Leonard Suryajaya

Saturday, March 08 - 1:25PM to 1:45PM
Key 3-4

Guided by my explorations and contemplations of being a queer artist, I am curious and skeptical if portraiture is still a viable way to explore identity. In this presentation I will share the body of work that I am exploring in regards to my questions and frustrations on the limitations of portraiture. How does one make portraits that do not objectify the subjects? How does one make a set of portraiture that does not marginalize its subjects? How should one navigate around theories on objectification and otherness in creating portraitures about identity, especially in a queer context?


Leonard Suryajaya
Leonard Suryajaya

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