Founded in 2003 in St. Petersburg, Chto delat? is a collective of around ten artists, writers, philosophers and activists; on behalf of this group, Olga Egorova, Nikolai Oleinikov, Dmitry Vilensky and Natalia Pershina will take up the residency in Hamburg. The name Chto delat? (What Is To Be Done?) refers both to the novel by Nikolai Chernyshevsky (1863), which examines questions of self-organisation and self-education, and to Lenin’s famous text from 1902, which analyses the role of intellectuals in politics. Chto delat? explores the intersection of art and politics through a wide range of activities and events, including spatial installations, plays, print and electronic publications, performances, workshops and ‘songspiels’ (musical dramas). The members of the collective are actively committed to raising awareness of socially relevant themes and questions.
Chto delat? has established an international reputation in recent years with, among other things, exhibitions, actions and panel discussions held at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, the Kölnischer Kunstverein in Cologne, the Istanbul Biennial and the Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. The collective also took part in the international art festival subvision.kunst festival.off in Hamburg in 2009.
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Photograph: Members of the artists’ collective Chto delat?
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