Leah Renee Monsour is a fine art photographer who works in response to dominant narratives. Monsour’s experience as a woman is deeply ingrained in her process and way of seeing. Growing up in a wealthy suburb of Syracuse, New York, Monsour was heavily immersed in a sheltered narrative of the American Dream. Rejecting this has become her lifelong goal, and she considers herself a feminist and socialist activist, as well as an artist. Monsour received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the State University of New York at New Paltz in May of 2018. She has exhibited in various galleries all around the Hudson Valley and Greater New York city area and has been published in Draft 15, Uncommon Tendency, Shutter Zine, and Ward Report Zine.
Monsour received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the State University of New York at New Paltz in May of 2018. She is currently working as an intern at AndersonRanch Arts Center in their Photography and New Media department. She plans to continue making work to contribute to a changing larger narrative.
The Blood We Choose
This is the evolution of love, this is the blood we choose. We look past the idea of romantic coupling as the epitome of human fulfillment. We seek the family form beyond the ones who raised us. We choose the arms of our friends, making space for the love we need to give and receive. Through photographic exploration, we celebrate platonic intimacy.
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