First Floor

First Floor – Independend Art Space

In a situation where contemporary art in china is seen by the outside as happening only in Beijing and Shanghai, Nanjing and similar cities have a special significance to broaden the view on contemporary art and bring more diversity to the ongoing process. We founded “First Floor” to give Nanjing a voice. Self-managed, agile, low budget are our definition points to marginalize the economical factor of art to its proper size.

“First Floor” is an independent, self-managed art space. The members are not limited to being “artists”, while working at the “First Floor” we all switch between being artists, curators, writers, thinkers, workers and spectators. In a general predisposition characterized by hierarchical structures we work collectively to create one voice together. We intend to overcome the solitude of the artist working in his or her atelier alone, hence we create a platform, a public room, where we can work on our ideas together. The place where art is created and exhibited becomes merged into one to blur the borders between the process of creating art and its outcome.

Under the proposition of art as social and public process we aim to promote “First Floor” inside and outside of Nanjing. We understand art as an essential part of modern society.