Chto Delat- When the roots start to move and get lost
Chto Delat’s artistic practice is a carefully crafted collective proposition on the commons as an artistic path, through an embodied politics of care.
The group is preoccupied with realising a lot of (im)possibilities in relationship to power structures that concern education and its systems. They engage also with the transfer of non-epistemic
knowledge and its re-evaluation in relationship to indigenous, feminist and intersectional progressive practices, with an aim to abandon classical hierarchies within the educational system in favour of horizontal structures that are frequent in left-oriented communal political ideologies.
One could say that Chto Delat is a collective that operates as an “alchemist”, of embodied knowledge, political awareness and transformative collective practice, by the use of education systems.
The collective has been for decades developing methodologies on performative education, using the examples of theatrical masters of the previous century, such as Bertolt Brecht or Greek director Karolos Koun, to see what experimental forms of interdisciplinary practice can arrive from such a melange. They therefore employ the language of theatre, educational formats and contemporary artistic practice, to formulate an artistic proposition that discusses questions of contemporary life: what is the role of national identity in the way that others understand us, and we understand
others? What lessons are there to be learned from the political movements of the 20th century? What types of ideas can be conveyed through theatre, fairytales, storytelling, allegory? How easily can art transform into a tool, and for what purpose?
The exhibition is part of our thematic chapter “Xe(n)ios” which examines the multiple stories, presents and futures of the migratory condition in Europe and beyond, and at the same time launches our new thematic section “The Bureau of Care” which explores the practice of care and its relation to visual art and institutional practice.
The collective’s new work with the Piraeus Open School for Migrants is a co-production with Framer Framed Amsterdam. We thank the Institute of Radical Imagination for its assistance in the research phase of the project. The exhibition is supported by the FfAI and the European Cultural Foundation. — στην τοποθεσία State of Concept Athens.