In August 2015, the 5th edition of “On the Edge” hosted an exhibition entitled “I’m Here Because.” Commemorating the 125th anniversary of Anton Chekhov’s trip to Sakhalin undertaken to conduct the island’s first census, the authors presented then a multimedia research project, a kind of video-census of Sakhalin based on the most recent population data. A hundred people from different regions of Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands told their unique stories on camera.
The “SAKHALIN. AUTOBIOGRAPHY” exhibition, developed by the “On the Edge” team in collaboration with the SAKH.COM group of websites, will be one of the festival’s crowning achievements. It will continue the islanders’ work of reflection upon their history and possible ways for self-improvement, an endeavor begun in 2015.
“SAKHALIN.AUTOBIOGRAPHY” will show case the results of all the festival’s workshops for kids and grown-ups, emphasizing the connections between the festival and the city, film and audiences, and most importantly, the islanders’ ties with one another and with the island itself.The “SAKHALIN. AUTOBIOGRAPHY” exhibition will orchestrate a true urban symphony. The residents of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, by utilizing various tools from animation to in-depth interviews, explore their native locale and attempt to describe it. Out of these disjointed pieces, as though in a jigsaw puzzle, a life emerges infused with various events. A point on the map gains self-determination and becomes a unique place, whose history is kept alive.
The “Sakhalin. Autobiography” exhibition is scheduled to open in March 2018.