Ana De Orbegoso. Courtesy of BeSpoke Gallery.
DisUtopia is a series of composite photographs that were taken in Disneyland through the prism of a drinking glass.
“I chose Disneyland”, says De Orbegoso, “because it’s a perfect symbol of a micro-universe.” It is an entirely fabricated world as artificial as it is familiar, an environment built on a hierarchy of illusions and thus an ideal backdrop for a body of work that engages the viewer in a discourse about perceived reality and consciousness.
De Orbegoso set out to explore how our sense of what we acknowledge to be an illusion is altered by a distorted perspective. If we imbue a paradigm of illusions with a certain significance how does that change as a function of the perspective from which it is viewed?
The composites’ unusual perspective and their unsettling distortions engender a dreamy ambience that is simultaneously playful and threatening, surreal yet mundane.