Joakim Eneroth’s new work of images and texts, “Short Stories of the Transparent Mind,” is the vivid record of a personal journey to uncover the fundamental emptiness that lies beyond and beneath our day-to-day experience of the world. Punctuated by stark and sometimes personally revealing texts, he presents us with a series of striking photographs – naked, vulnerable figures standing in a nocturnal landscape; empty rooms miraculously animated by light and mind; a jumble of footprints, tracks, and vacant streets leading nowhere; signs emptied of their meaning, rooms emptied of their contents and individuals emptied of their personas and limitations.
Eneroth’s meditation practice, and his camera’s trained inner eye, allows him to peel back the layers of the self and the external surfaces that obstruct our inner vision. The result is a profound meditation on the key Buddhist concepts of Impermanence and Emptiness in contemporary life, and the fullness that emerges within us when our inner mirror is finally polished and the clutter long blocking our vision is cleansed. Joakim Eneroth has said that his goal is to reach the point when “the story line fades away” and we arrive at “a moment of being no one going nowhere.” His is a journey we all should take.
– Bill Viola
Joakim Eneroth (b. 1969) lives and works in Stockholm. His works are included in public collections as Tate Modern (London), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), The Brooklyn Museum of Art (NY), MEP (Paris), and more. Short Stories of the Transparent Mind is Eneroths second exhibition at Christian Larsen, it is now also released in book form at Powerhouse Books (NY).