What is Intimacy?

Author Interview
Jewel Mensah Author Interview

Reflections of Intimacy is an artistic look into how intimacy can be experienced and open up people to connect in ways not always thought of. What was your inspiration for creating a photojournalistic exploration involving intimacy?

The inspiration for creating a photojournalistic exploration through Reflections of Intimacy came from my everyday life and interactions. We often get fed a narrative of intimacy shaped by romanticism and our own experience with pleasure. As a change agent and artist, I wanted to explore what it means to be intimate at its root. To spark inquiry and move beyond the framed context with perhaps the same fervent sway intimacy affords us. 

What is a common misconception you feel people have about intimacy?

Great question. I bring this up in Reflections of Intimacy, in that intimacy is often confined to an act. However, I believe it spans our entire lives without needing to be overt in how and when it presents in our day-to-day lives. This misconception has helped shape how we behave and possibly experience intimacy. Therefore I felt it was necessary to offer a new perspective within the first chapter of Reflections of Intimacy

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

One thing I hope readers take away from Reflections of Intimacy is that they can and should explore what intimacy means to them and how it shows up in their lives. I am also happy to connect with my readers on any platform and engage directly with them at a deeper level should they wish.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I am currently in the exploration phase for my next book, so the date on that is tentative. However, the best place to learn about upcoming books and projects is by subscribing to the free newsletter on my website: jewelmensah.com

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What does intimacy mean to you? Reflections of Intimacy is a theoretically artistic and photojournalistic exploration into the subject and practice of intimacy; and the path of connection it opens. The book is my first self-published effort. Reflections of intimacy draws from media studies and critical theory in its framework. Through reflection, I aim to peel back a few layers of intimacy and in doing so, hope to expand the liminal bounds of the seemingly private subject within the public sphere. This books serves as an intimate reflection in its own right by capturing within it, vignettes of affect and affection. At the end of this book you will walk away with a new perspective on intimacy, its permutations in practice, and a showcase that explores the beauty of vulnerability.

Posted on August 19, 2022, in Interviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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