Sunny Leerasanthanah

    Wuthichai (Exit Interview)
    Mom’s Magnets
    Homes Against Tides
    Towards Tenderness
    Carry Me Home
    Handwriting Superstition Workshop
    We Are Here Book Commission
    Chinatown Futures


︎ News ︎

︎︎︎2023 | Center for Book Arts, Book Artist in Residence 2023

︎︎︎2023 | Solo exhibition at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, WI (Aug-Dec 2023)

︎︎︎2022 Nov | Guest panelist for “Let’s Talk About Photo Books” discussion at Soho Photo Gallery. Nov 12th, 4:30-6pm (Free) ︎

︎︎︎2022 July | Fire Island Artist Residency, Artist-in-Residence 2022

︎︎︎2022 May-July | Works available at Queer | Art’s Digital Book & Print Fair ︎

︎︎︎2021 July | Awarded the Queens Council on the Arts’ 2021 New Work Grant for Wuthichai (Exit Interview)
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Sunny Leerasanthanah (she/her, they/them) 
b. 1994 Bangkok, Thailand
Lives in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Sunny’s work has spanned video, photography, multimedia installation, and photo books. Through these forms, she has reflected on placemaking, cultural heritage, family history, immigration, identity, and memory.

She was most recently an Artist-in-Residence at the Fire Island Artist Residency 2022, during which she developed new work around invasive species. In 2021 she exhibited the video installation, Wuthichai (Exit Interview), in SculptureCenter’s In Practice show, You may go, but this will bring you back. In this piece Thai-speaking actors step into the role of Sunny’s deceased father to improvise answers to her questions. The work was awarded the Queens Council on the Arts 2021 New Work Grant.

In other work, she documented her mother’s collection of worldly fridge magnets in a self-published risograph book that debuted at Bangkok Art Book Fair 2020, titled Mom’s Magnets (2020). In 2021, she also had 40+ photographic portraits of American artists and curators 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.

Sunny received a MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University, and a BFA in Film, Photography & Visual Arts from Ithaca College with minors in Art History and English.