Leonard Suryajaya (I)
Friday, March 11 - 10:00AM to 10:45AM
After experiencing the 1998 persecution of citizens of Chinese descent in Indonesia, I learned that my body - the projection surface of my selfhood - is a battleground. I learned that my outward physical appearance and cultural markings resulted in hostility against me. I realize that I was already queer before I was a homosexual. Unable to place myself and skeptical of my desire for validation, I began to use photography to construct a new and more privately familiar world. Through photography, I work to present alternative conceptions of personal and cultural identity, intimacy, queerness, and freedom.