Transcendent Country of the Mind
Transcendent Country of the Mind is a project exploring Sari Soininen's encounters with alternative dimensions of reality and perceptions of otherworldly signs around us. It tells the story of a world that lives at the back of our minds. In her early twenties, she experimented with LSD regularly and excessively, and eventually experienced an extended psychotic episode, which had serious consequences on her own life, but also profoundly changed the way she perceives the world and reality itself. During this time, she abandoned all her worldly possessions; she confronted the demons of Hell and was shown the wonders of Heaven; she travelled through time and space; she peeked behind the curtain of this dimension and - even today, having fully recovered - her understanding of reality has changed forever. These photographs represent this perspective and offer others similar glimpses to what she found behind the curtain.