Arno Rafael Minkkinen is a famed Finnish photographer. What makes his body of work distinctive from those of other photographers is the use of reality as we regularly perceive it as a gateway to higher truths.
Arno Rafael Minkkinen is a famed Finnish photographer. What makes his body of work distinctive from those of others is...
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The surrealist movement really made a big deal out of the art of the subconscious, that we all have this very personal and very special narrative trapped in our minds. We walk around with this narrative. We walk around with this internal reality, and this reality is brought out into the open not to some sort of grand dramatic gesture.
It’s not like you have a lot of people or an army of people acting in an irrational and abnormal way. No. Instead, it’s brought out in how we read this personal reality or this personal take into the banal and otherwise all-too-common realities of our lives.
Accordingly, you could be looking at an apple and it’s just an apple for eating or an apple for some sort of decoration.
That was the whole point is that we can look at all these common everyday objects and walk away with totally different interpretations and what makes Arno Rafael Minkkinen’s work different from surrealism is that surrealism took place in a part of European history where there are still vestiges of the centrality of truth.
Put simply, when you read in your truth into some sort of external trigger, there is some sort of pressure for your reading to conform to some sort of objective or seemingly objective understanding of that greater truth.
Somebody might come into the picture with a tremendous amount of textual, subtextual and other types of meaning and guess what, ultimately, they’re equivalent. There’s really no high and low, no up and down, no black and white, no inside and out. Welcome to postmodernism.
This is the sensibility that Mr. Minkkinen’s work brings to the table. He makes a point that what happens inside your mind can happen inside a camera. Ultimately, his camera is just a midwife, if you will, of your thoughts. You are entitled to your thoughts.
Cultural and political economic realities that we live in. It is the spirit of the age, like it or not. This is why it’s really refreshing for Minkkinen’s work to embrace this uncertainty.
Really bring it out there because there is a tremendous amount of power in the ability to read in your personal reality into whatever it is you are perceiving.
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