Department: Art Practice
Stephanie Syjuco works in photography, sculpture, and installation, moving from handmade and craft-inspired mediums to digital editing. Her projects explore the tension between the authentic and the counterfeit, challenging deep-seated assumptions about history, race, and labor. Syjuco’s installations frequently invite viewers to be active participants in order to investigate global consumerism and capitalism. Through photographic portraits composed in the studio, Syjuco further explores economies of labor and value, with a political dimension inspired by colonialist ethnographic photography, her background as an immigrant, and media-filtered protest imagery. She was a 2019 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, researching the gaps and margins of the archive.