Erik Johansson, Full Moon Service, 2017 – © Erik Johansson

It is only natural that a follower of surrealism like Erik Johansson exhibits his photos in the city where this movement was born a century ago. In Paris, in the Marais, at the Swedish Institute, this creator of large format images tells us about a strange and imaginary country, his own, which resembles his native land, where the light of the North and nature, but also the elves and trolls in the undergrowth, are omnipresent.

Erik Johansson, Ideas like at night, 2021 – © Erik Johansson

The world of Erik Johansson, who was born in 1985, oscillates between shadow and light, between truth and visions, between the real and the absurd. His dreamlike scenes free up the field of possibilities and invite the viewer to question existential questions such as the climate emergency beyond borders.

Erik Johansson, Under the Corner, 2017 – © Erik Johansson

For Erik Johansson “creating an image means creating a place. A place which, at first glance, seems familiar but which nevertheless has a particularity provoking a reaction in those who look at it.” In the Surrealist Manifesto in 1924, André Breton defined surrealism as a “pure psychic automatism”, allowing one to express the reality of one's thoughts, without censorship, whether through writing, drawing or any other way. For example, through photography.

Until April 24, 2022, free entry without reservation.

Ideas come at night
Swedish Institute
11, rue Payenne, 75003 Paris
Wednesday to Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 18:00 p.m.
Tel: +01 44 78 80 20 XNUMX

Text: Katia Barillot

09.04.22

THERE ARE LOTS OF MUSEUMS HERE

Annie Ernaux, the literature of reality at the MEP

Annie Ernaux, the literature of reality at the MEP

The 2022 Nobel Prize-winning writer has been interested in photography for a long time, notably in the text “the use of photography”, a four-handed story published in 2006. At the European House of Photography, on the banks of the Seine , the exhibition Exteriors - Annie Ernaux & Photography flourishes until May 26, 2024.

The Weegee enigma, extreme photographer

The Weegee enigma, extreme photographer

American photojournalist from the 1930s and 50s, famous for his black and white photos of nightlife in New York, Weegee takes this nickname as a nod to the spirit board, the Ouija board. Because he proclaims himself a “psychic photographer” with the 3rd eye.

Joann Sfar featured at MAHJ

Joann Sfar featured at MAHJ

Who doesn’t know the comic strip “The Rabbi’s Cat”? Its creator, Joann Sfar, was born in Nice in 1971. In this retrospective at the Museum of Art and History of Judaism in the heart of the Marais, the first of its kind, we will see many original plates presented in images by the famous cat .

The best tattoo parlors in Marais

The best tattoo parlors in Marais

Tattooing, an age-old practice, has long been the prerogative of convicts, dock workers, the underworld and sailors. Although it has become democratized, now affecting all profiles and concerning one in five French people, including 16% women compared to 10% men, it still remains taboo due to its definitive and transgressive nature.

Piccola Mia, the pizzas of the Republic

Piccola Mia, the pizzas of the Republic

On the Place de la République, a brasserie with Italian accents has just opened, which quickly made people forget the old Pizza Pino. Welcome to Piccola Mia, the fruit of the joyful encounter between Italian chef Denny Imbroisi, pizza chef Julien Serri and mixologist Matthias Giroud who creates a creative cocktail menu.