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.
Dino Kužnik is a Slovenian photographer currently based in New York City. At a young age, Kužnik was introduced to photography by his grandfather and eventually worked as a journalistic photographer, assistant, and retoucher throughout college. In 2013 he completed his studies in Graphics and Media Technology from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. Upon graduating he moved to the United States and worked as a graphic designer while also working as a freelance photographer. During this time Kuznik began to explore his version of the American West, taking photos of the Western landscape and its people to which his main body of work is reflected upon.
Kužnik has exhibited in Somerset House in London, Street Sans Frontieres in Paris, Change of Space Exhibition in Toronto as well as other group exhibitions in Ljubljana, Detroit, and New York. His photographs have been published in numerous publications both online and print, appearing in Lufthansa Magazine, Chapter Magazine, and M-Mag among others.
Design: Emil Kozole
Text by Špela Pipan
Size: 24 x 18 cm, 96 pages
Publishers: Aint–Bad, 2020