Despite the censorship of dissident material during the decade between the Manchurian Incident of 1931 and the outbreak of the Pacific War in 1941, a number of photographers across Japan produced a versatile body of Surrealist work. In a pioneering study of their practice, Jelena Stojković draws on primary sources and extensive archival research in order to map out art historical and critical contexts relevant to the apprehension of this rich photographic output, most of which is previously unseen outside of its country of origin. Richly illustrated, the volume is an essential resource in the fields of Surrealism and Japanese history of art, for researchers and students of historical avant-gardes and photography, as well as for readers interested in visual culture.
In this book launch, the author will be joined in discussion of the book’s themes by Dr Luke Gartlan and Dr Tessel Bauduin. It will be hosted as an online webinar. Discounted copies of the book will be available to attendees.
Surrealism and Photography in 1930s Japan: The Impossible Avant-Garde by Dr Jelena Stojković is published by Routledge. It is available for purchase via this link. A discount voucher will be provided for attendees of this event.