Chto Delat? What is to be done between tragedy and farce?

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Until 13 March 2011 can still the exhibition Chto Delat? What is to be done between tragedy and farce? in the Amsterdam SMART Project Space be visited. The Russian collective Chto Delat? consisting of artists, philosophers and writers holds in a collection of videos, murals, installations, lectures and workshops the current state of Russia up to the light. The domain of art is thereby used to get the leftist message across but also to question its own impact and effect. The viewer is offered an accumulation of statistic data which represent Russia’s recent economic and demographic development. The questionable state of Russia is placed in a global context which also makes clear that it concerns here a global condition. A world wide trend whereby the market is more and more the determining factor, whereby an increasingly smaller group seems to possess the power and wealth.

Chto Delat? – Growth (2011). Murals by Nikolay Oleynikov based on research realized with the participation of Dmitry Vilensky and Oleg Zhuravlev.

Number of billionaires 2001: 8, 2010: 62. Note: after the “world economic crisis” between 2009 and 2010, the number of billionaires in Russia grew from 32 to 62. *Russian billionaires pay the lowest income taxes in the world – a flat rate of 13%. Imports have risen almost four times over the past ten years. Whereas in 2000 exports amounted to $44,9, in 2009 this figure has risen to $191,9. Exports have risen almost three times in the past ten years. Whereas in 200 exports amounted to $105 billion, in 2009 this figure has risen to $304 billion.

Chto Delat? – Growth (2011). Murals by Nikolay Oleynikov based on research realized with the participation of Dmitry Vilensky and Oleg Zhuravlev.

Inflation 2000: 20.2%, 2009: 8.1%. Capitalization of the economy 2000: $40 billion, 2008: $350 billion. Note: in 2009 Gazprom was reported to be the most profitable company in the world.

Chto Delat? – Growth (2011). Murals by Nikolay Oleynikov based on research realized with the participation of Dmitry Vilensky and Oleg Zhuravlev.

Russia’s budget 2000 2,097.7 trillion rubles, 2010 13,420.7 trillion rubles. Note: over the same period, fiscal expenditures have risen from 1,960.1 trillion rubles to 15,847.3 trillion rubles. Number of police officers for every 100,000 residents; 2010: 975.7, 1999: 650.

Chto Delat? – Orgia (2011). Murals by Nikolay Oleynikov based on research realized with the participation of Dmitry Vilensky and Oleg Zhuravlev.

This space is dedicated to various oral witnesses of state violence and hate speeches based on examples of several famous cases taken from recent Russian history.

Chto Delat? – Angry sandwich people or in praise of dialectic (2006). Video project, duration 8:00 min.

Chto Delat? – The lower depths (2011). Murals by Nikolay Oleynikov based on research realized with the participation of Dmitry Vilensky, Oleg Zhuravlev and Thomas Campbell.

Personal Freedom Source: Prosperity.com 87 Moldavia, 88 Russia, 89 Israel. NOTES: 1.5% of the Russian population controls 50% of the country’s wealth. 6% of Russian citizens have foreign-travel passports. December 31, 2009 bypasser Sergei Mokhnatkin intervenes when he sees police roughing up a 70-year old woman during a Strategy-31-pro-freedom of assembly demonstration in Moscow. Mokhnatkin is brutally beaten up and arrested himself. In June 2010, he is sentenced to two and half years in a labor camp for “assaulting a police officer”.

Chto Delat? – The lower depths (2011). Murals by Nikolay Oleynikov based on research realized with the participation of Dmitry Vilensky, Oleg Zhuravlev and Thomas Campbell.

Number of prisoners per 100,000 residents 1 USA (710), 2 Russia (605), 3 Kazakhstan (598). Notes: Every 25th person in Russia is tortured, beaten or harassed by law enforcement officials each year. Source; Clare Bigg. “Russia Law Enforcement Organs Accused of Widespread Torture.” Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. March 29, 2007.

Chto Delat? – The workers finger (2009). Object by Gluklya (Natalya Pershina) realized by Alena Petit.

This object originates from the film ‘Partisan Songspiel, a Belgrade story’ and is based on the case of one Serbian worker who cut his finger in protest against the closing of his factory.

Chto Delat? – Partisan Songspiel. a Belgrade story (2009). Director: Tsaplya; Composer: Mikhail Krutikov. Duration: 29:15 min.

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