The Baron by Dimitriy Levdanski collection explores the concept of identity duality and links it to immigration through the use of the artists family’s photographic archive. The frames presented are environmental portraits, family archives of trips, personal moments, exceptional occasions and mundane day to day scenes. Among the original photographs, surreal images may destabilise the perception of what at a first glance might be read as an intimate family album.
The result of this visual assemblage is a surreal piece which critiques the use of media manipulation and fake news when creating negative perceptions regarding immigration. The piece exposes some of the consequences of such practice by presenting a fabricated identity for the migrant. The series parodies this practice through “a plague” of “ nvasive" immigrants who are active members of the new environment in which they live and are a part of by celebrating cultural holidays, going to school, and playing an active role in society. “Baikonur 97” uses the power of the image and a surreal aesthetic to highlight the lack of difference from one region to another, from one picture to the next one, underlying the fact that the character of the migrant stays the same, what changes is our perception towards the migrant.
Dimitriy Levdanski Bio
Dimitriy Levdanski was born in Zaisán, Kazakhstan in 1989 to Ukranian-Russian parents. Raised in Barcelona, Spain. His work is personal, intimate and surreal creating projects aligned with themes such as identity, immigration and social issues.
His work has been exhibited at museums and institutions including Les Rencontres d’Arles 2019, Galerie Huit Arles, Odessa Photo Days in Ukraine, Rencontres d’Arles 2017 in France , MSUV Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina in Serbia, Museu Can Framis in Barcelona and Photogenic Festival Barcelona 2017. His work has also been published in Der Greif, Paper Journal and BJP amongst others.
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