Art and communism. Article by Nika Dubrovsky and David Graeber
The Russian revolutionary avant-garde was rooted squarely in the tradition we have just described.
Its imagined “people of the future” (Budetlyans) would not only to be liberated from those unfair and malicious social conditions that stifled their creativity; they would also have the freedom of children. Obviously, no one was so naive as to believe they would live like children in any literal sense, that communism would create a world free from death, betrayal, existential fear, morbid obsession, or unrequited love. Only real children would experience such a paradise. Rather, it would create a world where future people would have the right, duty, and opportunity to reflect on those inevitable adult existential problems in startling beautiful ways. Communism would be a world no longer divided into mad geniuses and dull, obedient, fools—spectators, either uncomprehending or adulatory. Everyone would become both at the same time.
Anastasia Khoroshilova as part of the project “Anthropology for All” and the exhibition “Where the Motherland begins?”
Portraits of members of the community of Russian Germans resettled by photographer Anastasia Khoroshilova as part of the project "Anthropology for All" and the exhibition "Where the Motherland begins?"
A4kids “What is Nation” in Reykjavík’s central library
Come check out the exhibition that showcases the results of a workshop for kids 9-12 years old held earlier this summer. The kids looked at the term nation and used their own imagination and critical thinking to express their thoughts and create their own utopian society.
A workshop and conversation based on the book What is the City from the A4 teens series.
These sessions are a game and an experiment.
Participants in the workshop, based on the book "The City of the Future," will be divided into two groups. Each group will receive a large piece of paper, a giant tablecloth.
How I integrated the kids’ input
At the beginning of work on the A4kid book, we organise workshops for kids, in which they draw, comment and make notes in a first version of the book. An essential part of the A4Kids project is kid's works, that will became part of the next version of the book for future readers'