Leonard Suryajaya X Jacquelyn Hébert X Plug In ICA: Zippered pouch
Lined pouch with zipper closure
6.5 x 5.5 inch
Plug In ICA is pleased to present Leonard Suryajaya X Plug In ICA. A selection of products created to compliment and be featured in Suryajaya’s exhibition False Idol X North Kin at Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art from May 13 – July 17, 2022.
This past winter Suryajaya, continued to build upon the importance of relationships in his extensive body of work by offering free studio portrait sessions to members of the public when he visited Winnipeg for the first time. The result of this portrait session has been amalgamated into an interwoven collage that becomes part of his characteristic visually rich installation in False Idol X North Kin. The installation models itself after airport newsstands and gift shops for travelers on their way to or leaving home. The sculptural elements of the exhibition extend the immersive set designs of his photographs to make that even more vivid. Suryajaya sees these gift stands as an invitation to audiences to ‘find a sense of familiarity in the photographs of the ‘other’, the foreigners.’
In addition to the merch produced to mimic gift stand wares, Suryajaya has opted to further explore a connection with the local community through a series of collaborations with local makers. These artists and makers were selected from an open call and tasked with using the collage that Suryajaya produced from the portrait sessions to create a collaborative work together.
For Leonard Suryajaya X Jacquelyn Hébert X Plug In ICA, Jacquelyn Hébert created a series of carefully crafted tote bags and zippered pouches using an inverse image of the collage that Suryajaya printed on fabric. Each bag is diligently handcrafted creating a limited edition, handmade product.
Sample bags are lovingly incorporated into the exhibition. Items sold during the run of the show will be available for pick up after the exhibition comes to a close and additional bags will be created throughout the exhibition upon request if materials and time allow. Hébert’s process takes time and pick up will be arranged as items are completed.
*Pick up to be arranged after the exhibition
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