— This is the campus where I lived for three months in the summer of 2002. It’s located in the outskirts of St. Petersburg, on Vasilievsky Island. I was studying Russian at the University of Amsterdam and had come here to do a language exchange program, with the State University in St. Peterburg. I shared my room with two other guys. It was during this summer that I came up with the idea and script for Nummer twee, Just because I’m standing here doesn’t mean I want to. This was my first ever film and later became the standard for all my works. It was a work in which a lot of things came together and the first work that I ever made, that I liked. This picture was taken in March 2010 when I was in St. Petersburg and decided to go back for a visit.

Photo by Johanna Ketola

Guido van der Werve was born in 1977 in Papendrecht, The Netherlands. His works have been exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions, including the Tate Modern in London, De Appel in Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, De Hallen in Haarlem, MoMa New York, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo in Sevilla, Galeria Vermelho in São Paulo, National Centre for Contemporary Art in Moscow, Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Manifesta 7, the Torino Triennial 2008, the Hayward Gallery London, the Royal Academy London, Kunsthalle Basel, and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington.