14 November – 14 December 2008
THE DIARY OF THE UNKNOWN CONSUMER
Mattias Härenstams work can resemble a bereavement. An undefined loss or absence can always be found in his work. It generates a feeling of disquiet that places the viewer on the outside – A spectator trapped in a pattern of perpetual repetition. Härenstam has created his own narrative structure in his video works, based on a monotonous repetition and a meak, almost autistic movement through everyday surroundings, interrupted by dreamlike or magical occurrences. The camera’s perspective functions here as one’s eyes and subtilely posítions the viewer in the role of ”the outsider”, one who has closed down or who has withdrawn from the collective.
Härenstam criticizes in his work the consumer society and the disillusionary potential that exists in empty, uncritical usage. He points towards a type of conduct that creates isolation and leads to a break down of the collective and the social.