Review by Julia Sysalova

Dina Zakman`s Illusion of Illusoriness

Today, our life can be compared to Plato’s cave in its modern incarnation: a cave of “big data”, propaganda and hype, when the shadow is indistinguishable from reality, and the illusion can be mistaken with the truth. Surprisingly, this concept turns out to be relevant as an image of the existence of humanity, in general, and each of us, in particular. We are prisoners sitting in a cave and seeing only shadows dancing on the stone walls. Dina Zakman, a multimedia artist from Latvia, creates her own “Plato’s cave” with her art. By constructing her fantasy worlds, she plays her own game, in which she borrows the expression of beauty, harmony and completeness of being from tradition of symbolic art, and she takes the idea of “simulation” from modern philosophy of art. As a result, she manages to provoke a feeling of illusion and evoke reflection in the observer

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Review by Tabish Khan

10 Jan 2023 in London

We live in a world where images are carefully curated and manipulated, where social media platforms present us with a distorted view of reality, and where the lines between the authentic and the contrived blur, the quest for truth and meaning becomes an ever-elusive pursuit. We are constantly bombarded with messages that dictate who we should be and what we should desire, and it can be difficult to discern what is real and what is not. In a global society where reality itself seems shrouded in ambiguity, it's no wonder that certain theorists speculate that the world we perceive might, in fact, be a sophisticated simulation....

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