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Alexandra Leese

Born in Hong Kong, Alexandra Leese creates timely and compelling visual narratives that draw on her cultural background, and her acute sense of colour and composition. Leese trained at Chelsea College of Art and London College of Fashion and interning with photographer and film maker Wing Shya. Leese’s Boys of Hong Kong book (2018) visually chronicles her reconnection with her Chinese childhood, and the dynamic of the female gaze through her examination of masculinity in contemporary China. Yumi and The Moon is an internationally-coveted zine that Leese self-published in 2019, reimagining the folkloric Japanese story of Kayuga Hime through a female lens, and her book Me + Mine published in December 2020 is a series of Nudes of Women around the world, shot remotely during the global lockdown of 2020. She captured 44 women in the comfort of their homes, resulting in a dreamy and diverse tribute to womanhood, entirely free from the objectifying constraints of the male gaze. Her latest Project ‘Year of the Dragon 2024’ aims to reinterpret the traditional erotic calendar with a bold, modern and feminine view point. The calendar is a celebration of culture, beauty and the divine power of female sexuality.

Leese’s work is gaining momentum, both in the art and fashion world. She has recently worked with brands including Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Supreme, Self Portrait, iD, More or Less and Self Service.