People of Flour on display in Athens
State of Concepts hosts the First solo show of Chto Delat’s in Greece with the screening of People of Flour Salt and Water
Chto Delat’s first show in Athens When the Roots Starts to Move and Get Lost opens on September 25th at State of Concept - one of the most vibrant independent spaces for contemporary art in Greece, curated by iLiana Fokianaki.
The learning film People of Flour, Salt and Water realized by the Russian art collective during the 2019 session* of Free Home University, is included in the show and will be presented to an international audience, inaugurating a series of screening abroad.
The exhibition is for the group an other way to reflect on questions of displacement and mechanisms of enclosure, rendered more manifested in this pandemic time. While Moria refugee camp in the nearby Lesbos burns down, forcing thousands of people to wonder without shelter in the midst of Covid-19, and leaders of the European Union litigate around migration and asylum policies, Chto Delat pose the central question: what are the forces that displace people, and what makes people deeply rooted?. How can share the struggle and support communities and territories to thrive?
When the Roots Starts to Move and Get Lost - closes the trilogy dedicated to the pedagogy of Zapatismo, a cycle of process-based and collaborative works including the films New Dead End Street # 17 (2017), People of Flour, Salt, and Water (2019) and the new production of a shadow \ puppet theater piece, realized in collaboration with anarchist activist and puppeteer Stathis Markopoulos and the Solidarity School’s, composed of volunteers teachers and asylum seekers in Athens.
Find more about State of Concept and the exhibition here
The book When Roots Start Moving: Chto Delat and Free Home University on displacement and belonging (ArchiveBooks \ Artseverywhere) will come out soon!
*People of Flour, Salt, and Water was shot in Castiglione d’Otranto (Lecce) in July 2019, during Free Home University, supported by Apulia Region and Musagetes