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by Joakim Eneroth
Text by Patrick Amsellem
Art / Photography
12 x 10.5 inches
74 full-color photographs
What is our direct experience? What does it mean that we are aware, and how do we even define awareness? What does it truly mean to be alive in every moment?
The aim of Short Stories of the Transparent Mind is to show the openness and freedom that can be found when we tear down our habitual responses and subconscious beliefs. As humans, we often layer our preconceived notions and ideas on top of an existent reality not actually governed by our imposed systems of understanding. Short Stories uses visual experimentation to expose the naked moments that are there before we start to define, control, and obscure our experience with our interpretations. The stories draw attention to what we perceive before our dualistic mind asserts itself—before the judgmental tendencies of good or bad, right or wrong, begin to appear.
The vividly depicted stories show how difficult it is to keep our complex world neatly ordered, while simultaneously shedding light on the mind’s shifting nature. The book subtly points out how the mind’s identification with external objects and sensations prevents it from seeing itself.
The work in Short Stories of the Transparent Mind was selected as a candidate for the Prix Voies Off 2009 in Arles, France, and an exhibition of the work will be shown during Mois de la Photo in Paris in 2010.
Joakim Eneroth is a Swedish artist and photographer whose work has been exhibited in solo and group shows internationally. His works are held in the collections of Moderna Museet, Stockholm; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Dallas Museum of Art; and the Brooklyn Museum, New York. The work in Eneroth’s first book, Without End (Journal, 2003), received the Prix Voies Off 2005. His other books include Testimony (Culture Art Technology, 2008), and Swedish Red (Steidl, 2009).
Patrick Amsellem is the Associate Curator of Photography at the Brooklyn Museum. He received a Ph.D. in Art and Architectural History from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts and was formerly a curator at the Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art in Malmö, Sweden.