Daya Cahen was born in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). She makes photographs, videos and video installations. She studied photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (2002-2006) and was selected in 2009 as one of the 4 most promising recent graduates to have the opportunity to present her work at “Rietveld Arsenale” that was held during the Venice Biennale.
Cahen’s work revolves around propaganda, indoctrination and the manipulative powers of media. She investigates the representation of political icons, symbols of power and the role of the masses versus the individual. In her work she links the political with the everyday and personal, combines archive material with contemporary images and blurs the border between fact and fiction. Filmography: We lived our ordinary lives (2012) Birth Of A Nation (2010) Nashi (2008) Stalin That Was Played By Me (2006).
During the FotoFestival the film The Staling That Was Played By Me can be watched. This film is a portrait of her intriguing meeting with Yevgeni Jugashvili, grandson and spitting image of Josef Stalin. Yevgeni adores the man of steel, who never wanted to meet him and who sacrificed his own son, Yevgeni’s father, during WW II.