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What Makes This Photograph Surreal?

Q: How many Surrealists does it take to screw in a light bulb?

André Breton, in the Surrealist Manifesto:

“I believe in the future transmutation of those two seemingly contradictory states, dream and reality, into a sort of absolute reality, of surreality, so to speak.”

–From Chipp, The Theories of Modern Art, 1968.

Surreal effects are often present in photos Eva Fuka made during her early years in Prague. Lost Entertainers is a great example of Surrealist ideas. Surrealism is all about the subconscious, the subconscious as in dreams. You know those dreams where you are in one place, and then suddenly it turns into another place, but it doesn’t seem strange to you while you’re dreaming? That’s surreal. So what is it exactly about this photograph that is surreal? Click on the diagram bar above to find out.
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Minneapolis Institute of Arts