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Photography and Identity: Multimedia Art by Leenda Bonilla

A collage made from found magazine imagesNeoRican Delight, collage with found magazine

Multimedia artist Leenda Bonilla grew up in the Bronx, NY and in Puerto Rico. Her artistic practice spans numerous concepts and styles, though she tends to use photography and identity as a starting point.


An installation view of an art piece made from pans and fake plantainsOllas de Cocina (detail), ceramic, video, resin plantains, found objects


Oftentimes, Leenda’s works take the form of collages. These collages are sometimes composed with photographs, and other times with found magazine images. Leenda often combines the two, creating surreal images that seem to speak a language of personal identity. The artist has also created a number of collaborative works, taking the form of installations in the gallery and in public spaces. Her portfolio is packed with documentation of several installation pieces that attempt to explain and explore Puerto Rican culture.


A concept sheet for an artwork using the game Twister as a basePisaPiel 2.0, collaboration with StatusHoe Collective

As a member of the StatusHoe Collective, Leenda helped create a public, interactive art piece that took the form of a twister board with the usual primary coloured dots replaced with circles depicting different skin tones. 


A screen capture of Leenda Bonilla's art websiteThe front page of Leenda's website

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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