At its annual benefit on June 7, 2016, the Robert Giard Foundation, in partnership with CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies at the City University of New York, announced its new Fellow, Leonard Suryajaya, for his multimedia project Other Mother.
Suryajaya’s work explores intricate and complicated layers of selfhood in the context of cultural background, intimacy, sexual preference, and personal displacement. Prompted by his upbringing as a second-generation Chinese Indonesian raised by a Muslim woman, Suryajaya’s mixed media project examines expressions of allegiance in a globalized world.
On receiving the fellowship Suryajaya stated:
"Earlier this year, queer people in my home country of Indonesia saw increasing public hostility and parliamentary attacks on their rights. Condemnation and oppression of LGBTQ identities and expressions are out in full force. In light of these challenges, the Robert Giard Foundation Fellowship couldn't come in a better time for me and for my work. I am honored, energized, and motivated by being named a Fellow for the 2016-2017 cycle. The support from the Foundation helps guide and support my practice and encourages me to work hard and to overcome my disappointments and fears. If I can't be queer in my home country, then my work abroad will be an even more defiant testament to alternative ways of being."
Visit Leonard Suryajaya's website to see more of his work.
Please join us at the Sixth Annual Benefit in support of the Giard Fellowship for emerging photographers and filmmakers working on themes of gender, sexuality, and the LGBTQ experience.
Our guests of honor will be Blanche Wiesen Cook & Clare Coss.
Blanche Cook and Clare Coss, life-long activists for social justice and the rights of LGBTQ people, were early supporters of Robert Giard’s work and reflect the Foundation’s commitment to artists working on the margins. Blanche Cook is an award-winning historian, biographer of Eleanor Roosevelt, and Distinguished City University of New York Professor, and her partner, Clare Coss, a groundbreaking playwright and psychotherapist.
Learn more about guests of honor Blanche Wiesen Cook & Clare Coss
Note: The previously announced guest of honor, actress Cherry Jones, will not be able to join us due to a scheduling conflict.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm
Hosted by Belmont Freeman Architects, 310 Riverside Drive, Suite 2205, New York City
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March 22, 2016, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm The Graduate Center, CUNY, Room C205
CLAGS 2014-2015 Robert Giard Fellow, Ka-man Tse will present her recent work, Narrow Distances,a series of photographs made within the LGBTQ community in Hong Kong between 2014-2015.
She will also screen her video Gahp Song, an ongoing participatory video project that is about food as language, memory, intimacy, trust and play. Filmed over the course of six years, the meals take place in public places and private homes throughout New York, California, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. (Running time of video, 20 minutes.)
The Robert Giard Foundation mourns the passing of our esteemed colleague, Muriel Dimen, who was a founding board member and Secretary of the Board.
Timothy Liu, New York, NY, 1993