OPEN YOUR I
Opening reception on 15 September 2018
Venue: Neverland Artspace, Phnom Penh
Address: 172z2 (Opposite St 380) Off Norodom Blvd.
Illustration and photo exhibition by Chamomile Diddell & Miguel Jeronimo.
Prejudices. Misconceptions. Assumptions.
Have you noticed how your brains automatically associate shapes with objects? Or how the way we perceive ourselves, including body and even identity, varies accordingly to observations from a stranger or our best friend?
There is a discomfort in the realization that all information our individual brain knows to be true might be, in fact, false. Since we always view things through our eyes, how to know if what we see is really what is there?
Who is to say that I am right and you are wrong? Or that I am wrong and you are right?
Are you sure you remember what really happened?
Have you considered changing your perspective of the situation, perhaps adopting a bird’s-eye view and seeing an encounter as you were up there not taking part of it?
Perspective. Illusion. Reality.
Opening the mind includes downloading judgments and categorizations of what’s around us accordingly to our own mental labels. What if you could experience something without the effects brought by past experiences, context or prejudices, the lens through where you normally see the world? Just feeling a moment, a person, a situation, as it is.
What if, even for just a second, you could open your I and let the world come in? ---
• Miguel Jeronimo is a freelance photographer and writer, artist and poet, based in Phnom Penh where he has been collaborating with NGOs or creating his own art exhibitions. A traveler by heart, he is interested in the connection between art and life, aesthetics and meaning, philosophy and our everyday existence. You can connect through instagram.com/migueljeronimophotography. • Chamomile Diddell is an American artist and traveler from California. She fell in love with the art community of Cambodia and traveled around the country getting inspired by the works of locals and expats in various cities. Her art flows without self-criticism, as it is something that comes