Theatrical photographs by Kuzma & Ajuan inspired by Magritte, Van Gogh, Picasso and Dali
In this joyful portrait series by creative duo Kuzma & Ajuan, we see the merging of two distinctive worlds: classic art by some of the world's most famous painters with modern Asian culture.
The photographs in Wonder Without Land are theatrical, bursting with colour and beautifully grotesque, paying a dramatic homage to Magritte, Van Gogh, Picasso and Dali – many of which are instantly recognisable. There are even nods to contemporary greats: Michel Gondry, Tarkovsky and Yayoi Kusama, with a dash of humour and commercialism thrown in (think, McDonald's meets Geisha).
On show at Orange Art Foundation in New York from 30 October until 2 December 2019, the series explores themes of childhood memory, construction of identity, the discovery of sensory experiences and storytelling in an "overtly digitised and commercially-driven society".
Visual artists Kuzma & Ajuan, also known as Kuzma Vostrikov and Ajuan Song, often use photography and multimedia installations to create highly stylised theatrical narratives. Their work has been featured in White Hot Magazine, Hunger TV, Flaunt Magazine, L'Oeil de la Photographie, and Vogue Italia.