Disturbing Scenes Played Out in Realistic Cardboard Houses

In Box, Maxime Delvaux and Kevin Laloux’s dark series of photographs, the Belgium-based artists build houses out of cardboard and tiny dollhouse furniture, then populate them with the unhappy, the lost and the strange. “The idea is to create imaginary scenes with a cinematic aesthetic which, beyond their narrative aspect, unsettle the spectator through the scale and choice of material,” they explain. Indeed. For us, the cardboard serves to underscore the feeling of mortal transience, the banality, and shabbiness of the lives that the scenes evoke, and the fake furniture lends them an air of sticky surreality. Click through to check out the series, dark as it may be, and then head on over to the artists’ website to see more of their great work.

Photo credit: Maxime Delvaux and Kevin Laloux. Spotted via My Modern Met