From the margins
Photographer Leonard Suryajaya’s parents were first-generation Indonesians of Chinese descent. From them, he learned about anti-Chinese sentiment in Indonesia in the 1960s. Facing his own struggle for acceptance as a homosexual in an intolerant society, Suryajaya’s works reflect the spirit of individual autonomy in the context of social order and tradition. His photos are on view in Dispossessed, an exhibition focusing on the disenfranchised, displaced, and marginalized. The show is part of Photo Summer, a season-long series of exhibits, events, and workshops. Dispossessed opens on Friday, June 17, at the Marion Center for Photographic Arts. On the cover is Suryajaya’s Mom and All of the Jewelries She Bought Herself With Her Own Money, an archival inkjet print from 2015.