101 FOR ALL @ LAPPEENRANTA & SEINÄJOKI, FINLAND
101 For All at Lappeenranta art museum 3 June – 30 July 2017, and Seinäjoki Art Hall 18 November 2017 – 4 March 2018.
Imagine a Finland of 100 inhabitants. 51 of them would be women, 13 would be over 70 years old, one would be from Asia and one would hold a Ph.D.
101 For All offers a glimpse behind the statistics. Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen visited one hundred homes around Finland and interviewed people about their personal relationship with 30 topics of discussion that tend to divide opinions. The 100 interviewees form a cross-section of the Finnish population in terms of gender, age, region, education, level of income, country of origin and mother tongue.
Why do we think like we think? The interviewees try to pinpoint experiences and influences that play a role on how their opinions are shaped.
A question that arises is that of representation: can one individual or small group of people ever represent “everyone”? What about the ones left in the margins? The exhibition is based on encounters and reveals how people’s opinions are much more complex, rich and contradictory than what statistics have us believe.
The exhibition challenges to pursue one of the most radical acts of our time, listening to others without prejudice.