Born in Cooroy, Queensland. Lives and works between Sydney and Bali.
Leyla Stevens is an artist and researcher who works with moving image and photography. Her practice is informed by ongoing concerns around gesture, ritual, spatial encounters, transculturation and counter histories. Working within modes of representation that shift between the documentary and speculative fictions, her work deals with a notion of counter archives and alternative genealogies. Currently her research engages with silenced histories and how they register spatially, as gaps, erasures and present absences in the land. Past exhibitions include, Of Love and Decomposition, Firstdraft, 2016; 2014 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) at Artspace, and the 2014 SafARI biennale. In 2015 she was awarded a Skills and Development (General) grant through the Australia Council for the Arts which was used to undertake an artist mentorship program in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.