Jessica Ayudya Lesmana
Jessica Ayudya Lesmana (1993) began their arts practice in 2017 through Amuba, Indonesia’s first transgender band. They developed their artistic practice as an activism to record and narrate the life of marginalized suburban people. Jessicais is a contributor for Konde.co – media for women and minorities; and was a transgender actor in the Deleted Scene In SEA program at the 2021 Bangkok International Performing Art Meeting. Currently, Jessica is running the “Mother Project”, a lifelong activity that began while participating in learning activities at Cemeti – Institute for Arts and Society. This project seeks to explore various possible mediums -starting from studying written texts, then combining the ideas of montage and performance into an artistic style of expression. Jessica’s works highlight the lives of transgender and sex workers who’ve experienced discrimination and stigmatism, as subject matter.