We live in a world where borders are in a constant process of disintegration. Our perception is linked to the global space. We sense, however, that our experience cannot be more than an extract of a cross-linked, holistic reality. Each moment constitutes not more than a random clipping of the larger entireness. To grasp the whole exceeds our capacity.
Our perception is individually shaped. Conscious about it or not, we constantly re-create our reality bit by bit. The story remains the same while the form alters. Wilmsen’s photo project “HAIKUs or Poems of Broken Things” aims to visually challenge the beholder to scrutinize his or her established perceptions and ideas. How do we create our reality? Does a photograph tell a story, or is the story rather unfolding within ourselves? From which sources do we draw? In which direction are we led by a visual stimulation?
The ancient Japanese poetry form of the Haikus has been a strong inspiration for
Wilmsen’s carefully random knotted installation. Each central snap shot branches out to a complex variety of what she sees as visual haikus. She suggests series of small events, which may seem absurd, burdensome and sometimes outright funny. Random picture sequences are interwoven with carefully chosen ones. With this process Wilmsen has created a reference to the irrationality and unpredictability of reality through image sequencing. She questions the meaning of well-established realities and explores the prospects of taking control of the course and direction of a visual narrative. The viewers are invited to engage in their individual re-creation process.