This little album demands quite a lot from the user: the hard, black folder with a difficult-to-open bow does not instantly invite one to get into it any more deeply, and for some of us this was reason enough to initially put it aside. On the other hand, one panel member found the ritual of the not-so-easy-to-open folder a positive encouragement to get at Tim Enthoven’s precise and sensitive work.
And it has to be said: if you really look properly, the effort is rewarded. Inside the folder there are seven handsome little booklets and folded sheets, each in its own carefully chosen format and each of which gives us either a part of Enthoven’s work or a text about it.
This is a publication to accompany the solo exhibition under the same title at MU Eindhoven, where the young artist has fun with the borderlines between biography and autobiography and between fiction and reality.
Subtle, and on fine paper, in this way his work comes across well, though one panel member would have liked to see the concept taken even further, and regretted not seeing some variety in the paper. But by that time the rest of us were persuaded. Nice title, by the way, but that wasn’t what we were judging.