Chto Delat (The School of Engaged Art)

The School of Engaged Art is an educational platform initiated by Chto Delat (meaning “What is to be done?”) focused on exploring the urgent issues of Russian cultural politics in an international context, and merging n political theory, art and activism.

St. Petersburg, Rusia

In 2013, Chto Delat initiated an educational platform, the School of Engaged Art in Petersburg and also runs a space called Rosa’s House of Culture. From its inception, the collective has been publishing an English-Russian newspaper focused on the urgent issues of Russian cultural politics, in dialogue with the international context.

The collective Chto Delat (What is to be done?) was founded in early 2003 in Petersburg by a workgroup of artists, critics, philosophers, and writers from St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Nizhny Novgorod. The collective formed the School of Engaged Art to meet the younger generation and work out together what is happening with art and the subjectivity of artists in contemporary Russia. The artistic activity is realizing across a range of media—from video and theater plays, to radio programs and murals—including art projects, seminars and public campaigns. The works of the collective are characterized by the use of alienation effect, surreal scenery, typicality and always case based analyses of a concrete social and political struggles. The collective make a strong focus on the issue of cultural workers labour rights.The school follows the tradition of sharing art as a practice, in which artists of one generation try to share with the next generation their faith in art and its power, their doubts and hopes, their fears and passion. 


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