An Amsterdam-based artist from the Dutch side of the Caribbean Island Saint Martin, Lisandro Suriel’s work exists on the threshold between fashion, photography, theater and illustration. While studying for his Master’s thesis in the Netherlands, Suriel analyzed early twentieth-century illustrations of West-Indian mythology, research which formed the foundation of his ongoing artistic projects today.
Suriel’s “Memories from Home” series is greatly influenced by the geographical and cultural division he experiences between life on the Island and life in the Netherlands. He is torn between these two worlds, struggling with the fact that neither place feels like home. Memories, visions, hopes and dreams take shape in Suriel’s colorfully surreal photographs where a new, unique sphere comes to life. In “The Living Room”, Suriel’s figures are placed in absurd context, dowsed in exotic rhetoric. The figures in the photographs aren’t necessarily doing anything spectacular; rather they seem to be stuck in a position of waiting, a state of dreaming while being engaged with their surroundings.