Welcome to the world of Lauren Zaknoun, where the ‘surreal’ is the new ‘normal’. Describing herself as a photo-surrealist, Zaknoun uses a mix of photography and digital manipulation to create portraits that shape identity and reality into something enchanting, disturbing, and bewitchingly poetic.

She explores anxiety, absence, power and escapism in her work, themes particularly evident in her series, 100 Nights. Each frame in the series looks and feels like a dreamy scenario or a terrifying nightmare. Headless girls, floating feathers or thorn-covered arms are just some of the fantasies that come alive in her work, challenging her viewers to question what is real or not.

Based in Massachusetts, USA, Zaknoun’s art has been exhibited in New York, Paris, Milan and Boston. More of her work here and on Instagram.