Chto Delat was founded in 2003 in St Petersburg by a group of artists, critics, philosophers and writers merging political theory, art and activism. As a collective, it operates in different media such as films, graphics, performance, murals, learning theater, newspaper publications, radio plays and a pedagogic platform, The School of Engaged Art.
Chto Delat’s installation Canary Archives employs the imagery of the canary in the coal mine, once used to alarm miners when carbon monoxide levels rose. Where is the canary today, that tells us wether the danger is real? It seems to have gone silent, the sharpest signal it can send. In an emergency newspaper issue under the impression of the Russian war on Ukraine, Chto Delat assembles anti-war views of artists and critics and expresses their solidarity with the Ukrainian people.