Dino Kuznik : Shaped By The West

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Dino Kuznik was born in Mali Losinj, Croatia, while his Slovenian parents were on a seaside vacation. First introduced to photography by his grandfather at a young age, he seriously began working as a student journalistic photographer, assistant, and retoucher while in college. He received his bachelor’s degree from University in Ljubljana (GMT – Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering). He moved to the USA in 2013 for a graphic design position. While working as a graphic designer he doubled as a freelance photographer on the side and was producing personal work, mostly showcasing the American West. His work has been exhibited in Somerset House in London alongside SWPA shortlisted photographers and Martin Parr, Street Sans Frontieres in Paris, Arles and Trieste, Change of Space Exhibition in Toronto and other group exhibitions in Ljubljana, Detroit, and New York. His photographs have been published in numerous publications online and in print, appearing in Lufthansa Magazine, Chapter Magazine, a zine On Vulnerability by Antihero Press, M-Mag, Observations in the Ordinary by Subjectively Objective, a zine Late Starting Dawn by Pomegranate Press and a self-published zine with Lena Hofman – Metamorphosis. At the beginning of 2019, Dino started working as a full-time freelance photographer and focusing more of his time on personal projects.
 

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Title :
Shaped By The West

Details :
7″ x 9″, 96 pages,
Perfect Bound
Edition Size 300
ISBN : 978-1-944005-33-7
Published by : Aint–Bad

About :

A lone traveler in a foreign land, Dino Kužnik projects his gaze onto some of the most iconic emblems of the American West. The body of work made between 2016 and 2019 on his road trips around the American West is rooted in the westernization of his home country Slovenia and the resulting lack of national identification which had a significant impact on Dino growing up. Shaped by the West is a personal and artistic exploration of the emblematic symbols of Americana from his youth in opposition to his adult identity. The book’s prevailing narrative is centered around a nostalgic vision of the American dream contrasted with the artist’s own process of applying for an artist visa. Dino has been living in the US since 2013 and has traveled around Arizona, California, New Mexico, Utah and Nevada in search of his artistic expression.