In tribute to the Surrealists, the photographer invokes a creature from Greek mythology to express our state of collective confinement

Half man, half bull, the minotaur erases the line between human and beast, embodying the brutal instinct and blind animalism—the id—at our nature’s core. The Surrealists adopted the Greek mythological creature as a mascot of sorts; variations on the symbol appear throughout the works of André Masson, Man Ray, and Salvador Dalí. Georges Bataille and Masson even named Albert Skira’s seminal Surrealist magazine Minotaure after the creature in the maze.

Inspired by the Surrealists, photographer Yis Kid has applied the concept to our current state of voluntary confinement. Using square format to represent the oppression of captivity, the resulting photo series captures our growing restlessness.


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