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About the footprints, what we hide in the pockets and other shadows of hope

August 22 @ 22:00 23:30

by Chto Delat

inin collaboration with Piraeus Open School for Migrants, Atene

Runnning time84’

Lingua Greca

Subtitles English

Participants Aidim Joymal, Aicha Elouarma, Mua A.Mungu, Madalina Manaila, Osman Mohammed Ahmed, Μohammad Jumanne Kisesa, Umer Muhammad

Il teatro delle ombThe shadow theater was realized in collaboration with Stathis Markopoulos

Production Chto Delat, Piraeus Open School for Migrants

Coproduced by State of Concept, Athens, FrameFramed Amsterdam, Monumentum

About the footprints, what we hide in the pockets and other shadows of hope is the outcome of CHTO DELAT’s experimentation with integrating key texts by Zapatista spokesperson Subcomandante Marcos within the educational process of learning the Greek language. Along with a seminar delivered by architect Stavros Stavrides in the Open School for Migrants in Piraeus, in which he described the strong relations between the Zapatista movement and political activism in Greece, this process created a new paradigm of learning — somewhere in between real and imaginary concepts.*

The performance on which the film focuses integrates two narratives: the first based on texts written by the Zapatistas, where Durito (a fictional beetle character) metaphorically describes the core sociopolitical ideas of the movement. The second is based on the personal histories of Piraeus Open School participants, refugees who came to Greece from different places of the world. These narratives are represented in the form of shadow theater. It was realized as a result of the workshop under direction of Stathis Markopoulos, a puppet maker, director and puppet theatre professional (Ayusaya Puppet Theatre), who introduces the participants into basic methods and organization of shadow theater. In this film we see how reality intertwine with the fiction and our imagination is overcoming the cruel limitation of our world and creates a shadow of hope. The film also reflects a production situation during pandemic and how we are able to deal with limitation brutally imposed on our lives. 

This film is realized as a part of the ongoing project “Slow orientation in Zapatism” which reflects how the ideas of Zapatism have influenced different communities outside Chiapas. It was realized first part in Russia (2017 – The film “The New Dead End #17”) and second part in Italy (2019 – the film “People of Flour, Water and Salt”). 

Stavros Stavrides is activist and Professor at the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens has played important role in the organization of different solidarity projects between Greek activists and Zapatistas.  Among them the construction of the school building at Zapatista areas together with his students.

Chto Delat (What is to be done?) is a collective founded in early 2003 in Petersburg by a workgroup of artists, critics, philosophers and writers with the goal of merging political theory, art and activism. The group constituted in an action called The Refoundation of Petersburg. Shortly afterwards, the original, as yet nameless core group began publishing an international newspaper called Chto Delat?. Chto Delat sees itself as an artistic cell and also as a community organizer for a variety of cultural activities intent on politicizing “knowledge production”. In 2013, Chto Delat initiated an educational platform, School of Engaged Art, in Petersburg and also runs a space called Rosa’s House of Culture. These activities are coordinated by a core group including Tsaplya Olga Egorova (artist), Artiom Magun (philosopher), Nikolay Oleynikov (artist), Natalia Pershina / Glucklya (artist), Alexey Penzin (philosopher), Alexander Skidan (poet and critic), Oxana Timofeeva (philosopher), Dmitry Vilensky (artist) and Nina Gasteva (choreographer).

State of Concept Athens is the first non-profit contemporary art institution with a permanent location and a yearly program to operate in Greece. Founded in 2013 by art critic and curator iLiana Fokianaki and based in the neighbourhood of Koukaki at the centre οf Athens, it is an independent platform that fosters the appreciation for local and international contemporary art and the growth of artistic and curatorial practice.

The Piraeus Open School for Migrants is a voluntary based association which works on educational and training support for the cultural advance of immigrants, refugees and vulnerable social groups in Greece.

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