Courtesy of Chto Delat
Chto Delat (“What is to be done?”) was founded in 2003 and consists of a group of artists, critics, philosophers, and writers from Petersburg, Moscow, and Nizhny Novgorod. Fusing political theory, art, and activism, this group works as a self-organizing platform for reflections and re-examinations of “knowledge production” of cultural workers. The name of the group comes from a novel by the Russian 19th century author Nikolai Chernyshevsky, and is inspired by the first socialist workers’ self-organizations in Russia.
Chto Delat is one of the most widely-exhibited group of Russian artists, participating at an average of 30 exhibitions worldwide per year. Chto Delat works across all media ranging from installation to film/video and audience-engaged performance.