Joakim Eneroth is born 1969 and based in Sweden. His work has been exhibited internationally in dozens of solo and group shows and have been published as art books with prestigious publishers like Steidl and Power House Books. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and his works are held in large institutional collections such as: Tate Modern (London), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Brookly Museum of Art (New York), Houston Museum of fine art, Dallas Museum of art, MEP (Paris), Frank Suss Collection (London), Statens Konstråd (Sverige), Deichtorhallen (Hamburg), Nordiska Museet (Stockholm), Art Foundation Mallorca (Andrax), Musée des Beaux Arts (Pau, France).
The aim of Joakim Eneroth´s art work is often to reveal more and more of the subconscious layers of our experience and the dance of notions and perceptions in the fluctuating mind. The questions usually revolve around how to distinguish the mental projections from reality itself. Awareness and Mind are the themes that unite Eneroth’s protean work. With each new series the artist explores another aspect of consciousness and the boundaries where our inner and outer worlds meet.
Text by the video artist Bill Viola:
"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."