First Person presents the work of eight Russian artists, born in the last decade of the Soviet Union and grown up in post-soviet space. Their practice consists of different media, from video-art to installation, performance and post-internet art.
The exhibition took place on three locations in Amsterdam: a gallery space in
the center, close to central station; an old factory hall in the North of the city; in public space, on the ferry connecting the two parts of the city and the exhibition.
After the narrative “I” comes the experiential first-person perspective.
In addition to how I experience the world and what other things are for me, First Person shows the first-person perspective isn’t necessarily human: everything has a say from its particular point of view on the world. Just like you and I, mushrooms, countries, pigeons, stones, cows, mountains, computer programs, nettles, dogs, cats, mice etc. have their own way of experiencing what is around them.
But aren’t we experiencing the experience of other things and thus again talking about our experience? -Yes, you are limited by your own experience and will never know what it is like to be something or someone else. However, by recognizing different points of view, we can develop some understanding of what it is like.
In the exhibition, this pluralization of perspectives unfolds on different levels. By presenting eight Russian artists, whose work has never been shown in the Netherlands, visitors will be able to (1) broaden the often narrow perspective on Russia and (2) on its art. Next to shining a different light on a country, which mostly gets its stereotypes confirmed in Dutch and other Western media, the works inside the exhibition stress different points of view as well. By exploring how other entities encounter the world, the artists show (3) the unsustainability of the privilege of not only the Western perspective, but of the human perspective in general.