The #nextluk project illustrates today’s identity mutations. Reproducing Facebook profile pictures with manipulated cyanotypes, Ivan Da Silva questions the current means of representation, individuals’ self-perceptions, the way popular language evolves and the place that social media have. Although humans are mostly non-nomadic, social media have turned them into digital nomads and lead to an ephemeral representation. These profile photos are a key tool to establish a social profile and display a personal reality, unique to each user.
About the artist
Ivan Da Silva was born in Porto in 1989. He studied optometry, which took him to visual anthropology and photographic chemistry. He wrote a thesis in image design when studying in Beaux Arts entitled « Photographic processes as a dialog with social behaviours ». He is part of the artist residency of the Vila Nove Biennale, Cerveira, Portugal.