miguel vallinas imagines inanimate objects as inner identities, with a surrealist twist miguel vallinas imagines inanimate objects as inner identities, with a surrealist twist
mar 13, 2017

miguel vallinas imagines inanimate objects as inner identities, with a surrealist twist

 

miguel vallinas has realized the final collection of work from a three part series of surreal images that reconsider the human form. ‘ceci n’est pas’ — meaning ‘this is not’ in french — explores the concept of identity and personal choice with a surrealist twist. an assortment of inanimate objects, ranging from disco balls to birds’ nests, float above fashionably dressed figures, representing thoughts, dreams and desires, ‘or perhaps just things from daily life that we may take for granted,’ vallinas says.

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ceci n’est pas une maison

 

 

the series intends to prompt viewers to reflect on who they think they are, what they want to be, and what they truly are. contrary to surrealist painter rene magritte’s ‘ceci n’est pas une pipe’, which aimed to alter perception by creating visual double meanings, vallinas’ concept seeks to find answers, triggering thoughts about identity and appearance. ‘the focus is produced by the unacceptance of that which we observe being something else,’ he describes, ‘it is everything that is implicit in our existence and that that which is definitively ours is the result of our circumstances, our wins, our errors, and our decisions.’

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ceci n’est pas un cerveau

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ceci n’est pas le nid d’un oiseau

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ceci n’est pas une pomme

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ceci n’est pas un ballon de rugby

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ceci n’est pas un tropheé de chasse

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ceci n’est pas la lune

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