9 September 2010 to 24 October 2010 – Institute of Contemporary Arts – The Mall, London
Chto delat? (What is to be done?) – The Urgent Need to Struggle
This Russian collective, made up of artists, philosophers and writers, sees its diverse activities as a merging of political theory, art and activism. Formed in 2003, the group’s ideas are rooted in their observations of post-perestroika Russia, and in principles of self-organisation and collectivism. Their work advances a leftist position on economic, social, and cultural agendas; they publish a regular newspaper, produce artwork in the form of videos, installations, public actions and radio programmes, and contribute regularly to conferences and publications.
At the ICA, Chto delat? presents an exhibition and associated season of activity which extends their identity as ‘a self-organising platform for cultural workers’. Revolving around the publication of a new issue of their newspaper, a gallery display centred on the group’s videos and a programme of talks, screenings and performances Chto delat? articulate the potential for constituting new forms of living and learning.
The project at the ICA is realised by: Tsaplya (Olga Egorova), Nikolay Oleynikov, Gluklya (Natalya Pershina-Yakimanskaya), Nina Gasteva, Vladan Jeremic/Rena Rädle and Dmitry Vilensky.