Student Voices: On the Making of Leonard Suryajaya’s “Perennial Blossom” [Video]

Through our desire to connect and pride in celebrating who we are, we also develop the skills to face the world, We are better humans when we celebrate one another’s specificities…
– Leonard Suryajaya, Block Museum of Art (October 2021) 

Throughout the Fall of 2022, a special artwork hung in The Block’s collection gallery. The photograph “Perennial Blossom” by Leonard Suryajaya was shot outside the museum on May 1, 2022, with 13 members of the Block Museum Student Associates posing as the subject. Working with the artist, the students selected their own symbols of self and of identity to showcase in the image. In this video, three of the participants reflect on the experience and their choices within the photograph:

Katy Kim ’23, 2022-23 BMSA and Tour Coordinator, Art History and Political Science

Hank Yang ’24, Journalism and Political Science

Mayan Alvarado-Goldberg ’24, Neuroscience

There are very few experiences in college that have given me that feeling that you get when you’re in elementary school when you can’t sleep because you’re so excited because you have butterflies for the next day and this was one of those experiences.

Mayan Alvarado-Goldberg

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