Sunny Leerasanthanah was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. Her visual art practice spans photography, photo books, video, multimedia installation, and performance, ruminating on storytelling, personal family history, superstition, identity, placemaking, collecting, and memory.
In recent work, she documented her mother’s collection of worldly fridge magnets in a self-published book that debuted at Bangkok Art Book Fair 2020, titled Mom’s Magnets (2020). In 2021, she had 40+ photographic portraits of American artists of color published in the book We Are Here: Visionaries of Color Transforming the Art World by Jasmin Hernandez (2021). Along with the portraits are her images of artist studios and artwork. Most recently, she exhibited a commissioned video installation, Wuthichai (Exit Interview), in SculptureCenter’s In Practice show, You may go, but this will bring you back (2021). In this piece, Sunny invites Thai actors to step into the role of her deceased father to improvise answers to her questions. The work was awarded the Queens Council on the Arts 2021 New Work Grant.
Sunny received a BFA in film, photography, and visual arts at Ithaca College and an MA in arts administration from Columbia University.