we hear same, 2012
In collaboration with Robert Snyderman
Solo exhibition with opening performance
Presented at De Kijkdoos, Amsterdam from 1st of June - 6th of July

Working with the poet Robert Snyderman, an exhibition and performance was conceived around the story of Jacob and Essau. The show included works by: Gediminas G. Akstinas, Rūtenė Merkliopaitė, Gerda Paliušyte, Jurgis Paškevicius and Ray Ray Mitrano.

De Kijkdoos is an outdoor display case connected to a building in the former Jewish quarter of Amsterdam. In the vitrine was placed symbolic objects, disguized wine bottles, cups, two wine bottles connected by a single cork, and 8 pages containing a typed poem by Snyderman entitled, “Borrow”.

For the opening of the show, a performance of 3 movements was told as a story throughout the building and surrounding area: First, a story was told by Jurgis Paškevicius next to the vitrine; Second, we entered the building and went to the roof where a specific weaving cheers gesture was enacted; Third, we left the building, crossed the street and went behind a monument where a recorded story from Ray Ray was played.

In an essay about the exhibition, Eveline Nieuweld wrote,

“Bernstein works with objects as if they are words and with words as if they are objects. He removes functions, extends them, rotates them, pulls them out, until a whole is created in which stories are written and rewritten in the head while watching the work.”

Find the full essay here