Chto delat: Anti-anticommunism @ tranzit.cz
“Being often exhibited at different places, we have noticed that we rarely (almost never) receive invitation from ex-Soviet bloc countries. We have not properly reflected – why this?
But the first answer lays just on the surface – most of these countries have a strong ban on everything which marks itself as leftist or communist. And of course we understand and respect these objective traumas and in no way support Stalinist and Soviet politics of occupation and repressions. However, today, after decades of excessive ideological overproduction of the monstrosity of communism, a general anti-communist phobia has ended in a new disappointment. The liberal utopia, based on the notion of free individuals freely operating in a free market, was demolished by the intervention of the real of the global economic, political and ecological crisis. In this perspective, all the debates about communism not only as an experience of the past, but also as an alternative for the future, became valuable and actual again.
The only problem is that nobody really takes it seriously.
For sure we do not create any revolt in the beautiful Prague (and it is never the case of the exhibitions), but we hope that we manage to raise some attention to the issues we want to speak about – and the show is far away from any forms of blind agitation – just the opposite – we want to share the complexity of the problem, get people a bit of education and of course inspiration to think in old good tradition of dissidence, which we, all remember from Soviet time and now in a moment of total dictatorship of capital, makes sense to think and practice anew. We want to remind that things have as a potentiality this totally new desire of communism – the desire which cannot but be shared, since it keeps in itself a “common” of communism, a claim for togetherness, so ambiguous and problematic in human animals. This claim cannot be privatized, calculated and capitalized, since it exists not inside individuals, but in between them, in between us, and can be experienced in our attempts to construct this space in between, to expose ourselves inside this “common” and to teach ourselves to produce it out of what we have as social beings.” Chto Delat
A project by Chto Delat (realized by Tsaplya Olga Egorova, Dmitry Vilensky, Nikolay Oleynikov and Gluklya Natalya Pershina)
22.02 – 6.04.2014
Opening: 21.02.2014 at 7 pm
Discussion with members of Chto delat: 22.02.2014 at 7 pm