paintings

Laura Surynai Thedja

b. 1993, Berlin, Germany
German-Indonesian Artist
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany
@laauyani

About the artist
Laura Suryani Thedja

Laura Suryani Thedja’s paintings show seemingly ordinary everyday situations in an abysmal and unmasking way. She continues to explore the complex vocabulary of legibility of gender and race—what it means to live in a racialized body and how perceptions of us influence our interactions with others. Thedja’s work always focuses on the dizzying combination of the struggle for racial justice and global agitation.

Her invented characters are informed by stagings of social media, set in simple backgrounds with intensely bright and almost flat colors. With magnetising beauty and exaggerated bodies, her female figures stand naked and exposed before the viewer, making them a crossbreed of the divine and the monstrous, ready to take control back.

Laura Suryani Thedja seeks to dismantle assumptions of our fixed subjectivity through images that challenge the viewer – from ironic to threatening, it seems to be a terrifying portrait of modern Western consumers.

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Selected works
Laura Suryani Thedja

Apple Pie, 2021

oil on canvas
39.4 x 39.4 inches
100 x 100 cm

Cherry Lady, 2021

oil on canvas
32.5 x 27.6 inches
80 x 70 cm

Chimera, 2021

oil on canvas
39.4 x 39.4 inches
100 x 100 cm

Waiting for the wolf, 2021

oil on canvas
27.6 x 39.4inches
70 x 100 cm

Forrest Fantasy, 2021

oil on canvas
31.5 x 27.6inches
80 x 70 cm

On the echoing green, 2021

oil on canvas
23.6 x 23.6 inches
60 x 60 cm

After laughter come tears, 2021

oil on canvas
11.8 x 11.8 inches
30 x 30 cm

Untitled III, 2021

oil on canvas
43.3x 39.4 inches
110 x 100 cm

Untitled I, 2020

oil on canvas
43.3x 39.4 inches
110 x 100 cm

Doggy, 2019

oil on canvas
11.8 x 9.4 inches
30 x 24 cm

Untitled II, 2021

oil on canvas
39.4 x 39.4 inches
100 x 100 cm

Hundefrau, 2019

oil on canvas
15.7 x 19.7inches
40 x 50 cm

Strohkopf, 2019

oil on canvas
11.8 x 9.4 inches
30 x 24 cm

Exhibition views
Laura Suryani Thedja

education, honors, awards and exhibitions
Laura Suryani Thedja

Education

2020
BA Fine Arts, UAL Chelsea College of Arts, London – UK
Since

2017
Fine Arts, UDK, Berlin, in the class of Prof. Valérie Favre Since 2017 Philosophy, Freie Universität, Berlin – DE

Honors & Awards

2021
Art Award of the Schulz-Stübner Stiftung – DE

2020
Artist in Residency – KuBa: Kulturbahnhof, Klein-Warnow – DE
Foreign Funding, Cusanuswerk e.V., London – UK
Erasmus+ Fund, UAL Chelsea College of Arts, London – UK

2019
Scholarship in the Artists Promotion Fund, Cusanuswerk e.V. – DE

2017
Workout (A.i.R.) / Projektraumsechseins, Bingenheim – DE

Exhibitions

2020
Open Studios / KuBa:Kulturbahnhof, Klein-Warnow – DE
Animation of Dead Material / Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin werkschau / KuBa:Kulturbahnhof, Klein-Warnow – DE
HEMISPHERE / Bureau Of Silly Ideas, London – UK
MERGE / Alexander Studios, London – UK

2019
Interference / Kunsthaus Bethanien, Berlin – DE
Optimum 10 / GlogauAir, Berlin – DE
Haunted / Das Gift, Berlin – DE
Rundgang 2019 / UdK, Berlin – DE
Les Frontieres Sont Floues / Parkhaus Gallery, Berlin, – DE
KUNSTHOCH 48 / Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Karlsruhe – DE

2018
Wihajster freiheit swallow / Salon Academii Gallery, Warsaw – PL

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