The lecture is based on a text that Nika Dubrovsky wrote with her late husband, David Graeber. This text analyzed the current state of the Art World with its promise of liberation, which is immediately replaced by a structure of exclusion. But much more importantly, this text analyzed alternative possibilities for the existence of art that we could build together and that already exist. Starting with the ambiguous legacy of Romanticism, Graeber and Dubrovsky explore the notion of everyday communism and the possibility of a world in which everyone is an artist.
Nika Dubrovsky is an artist and an author who grew up in the unofficial cultural scenes of squats and samizdat of the late USSR. She works on several publishing and artistic projects, including A4kids.org – an open-source platform that experiments with new educational formats; Visual Assembly – a collective public art project; the Yes Women Group – art-activist feminist community and others. After her husband David Graeber’s death, Nika and friends organized Carnival4David, which took place in 250 places around the world. Carnival4David evolved into the informal community Museum of Care, which is creating projects at the intersection of academia, activism and contemporary art. Her books and articles have been published in Finnish, English, Russian, Ukrainian, German, Japanese and so on. In a series of #artcommunism articles, written in collaboration with David Graeber, she reflects on the possibility of a world in which the very idea of having a resume becomes meaningless: a world where everyone can become an artist.
The lecture will be held in English.