Leyla Stevens is an Australian-Balinese artist and researcher who works predominately within moving image and photography. Her practice is informed by ongoing concerns around gesture, ritual, spatial encounters, transculturation and counter histories. Working within modes of representation that shift between the documentary and speculative fictions, her work deals with a notion of counter archives and alternative genealogies.
Recent solo exhibitions include: A Line in the Sea, West Space, Melbourne, for PHOTO 2021 Festival; Dua Dunia, curated by Rachel Ciesla at PS Art Space, Fremantle, for Perth Festival, 2021; and Their Sea is Always Hungry, UTS ART, Sydney 2019. Recent group exhibitions include: The Past is the Present is the Future, curated by Talia Smith at Granville Art Centre, 2021; and Gangguan Tenggara - Edisi Indonesia, curated by Iain Dawson, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Bega, 2020. She is the recipient of the 66th Blake Prize Established Artist Prize and has been selected as a finalist for the 2019 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) exhibited at Artspace, Sydney and 2018 John Fries Award at UNSW Galleries, Sydney. In 2021 she will be presenting new work for The National: New Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and working towards a solo show at Mosman Art Gallery in June. She is currently undertaking doctoral research at the University of Technology Sydney.
An Artist CV can be downloaded here.
*I acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation whose land I live and work on and pay my respects to Elders both past and present, their culture and continued connection to Country.