Dutch artist, Iris Honderdos, has created an installation of socially conscious art, entitled, "Inside Outside." This project involved conducting short interviews with people of all different ages in St. Petersburg parks, courtyards and markets. The goal was to collect views on contemporary life in Russia. Participants, which included homeless people, teenagers, children, grandmothers and artists, wrote their opinions and wishes on the art objects, created by Ms. Honderdos.
The outside of each object has been glued with newspapers and has a single black tire track, representing the harshness of the outside world - society. By contrast, the inside has a soft, pinkish-lavender background, representing the magical world of wishes and dreams.
Gallery 2000, located on the third floor of the Planetarium, is itself the realization of what was once merely a dream - a dream of a Dutch artist, Thea Linshoten, to create an art gallery in Russia, allowing a contemporary art exchange between the two countries.
On August 21st, 2002, in yet another cultural exchange, a younger generation of Dutch, Russian and German students will gather at Gallery 2000, as part of a youth exchange program. They will then fill the seventh, and final, art object with their own impressions of Russian life as well as their hopes and dreams. This final act of cooperation marks the completion of "Inside Outside."