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BAIKONUR 97 – C новым годом

© Dimitriy Levdanski, Spain

Baikonur 97 explores the concepts of dual identity and immigration. It critiques the use of media manipulation and fake news, which create negative perceptions of immigrants. The piece exposes some of the consequences of such practices, by presenting a fabricated identity for the migrant. The overarching series parodies this practice through ‘a plague’ of invasive immigrants who are active members of the new environment in which they live; 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, and from one picture to the next one, underlying the fact that the character of the migrant stays the same, and what changes is our perception towards them.