First Sweet Truth
First Sweet Truth is a photographic dialogue with mystical texts written by religious women in the late Middle Ages. These visionary accounts are not only significant historically as some of the first known texts written by women in the West, but also offer a foundation for non-anthropocentric knowledge. In a contemporary landscape informed by algorithms and data-driven forms of knowledge, mystical experience inherently defies the logic of our time. We largely assume seeing to be a disembodied act. In a constant flow of images, our eyes skim, understand, move on—what the philosopher Laura Marks calls seeing-as-mastering. In contrast, I examine what this lineage of female visionary experience reveals about a kind of seeing that instead gestures towards the flowering of reality and the ineffable found at the edges of our vision.