Vassilina Dikidjieva’s digital photography takes artifice to another level to explore contemporary issues. Placing her own body in clothing and rooms decorated with emblems of another place, Dikidjieva builds identities from mundane objects. She poses with care but without rigidity in sets that are assertively, almost stereotypically “British” or “Greek,” “Urban” or “Suburban,” and “Ancient” or “Modern.” Placing herself in such contexts, Dikijieva explores the “self-expressionism” made possible by the public privacy of modern technology. Brexit and Grexit become avenues to explore attempts to escape from a world that is interconnected politically and technologically.
Born in Bulgaria, Dikidjieva currently lives and works in New Jersey. She is an architect and has worked throughout her career in Bulgaria, Ethiopia and New York.