Dmitry Vilensky


(Born 1964, lives and works in St. Petersburg) is an artist, writer, and founding member of Chto Delat?/What is to be done?, a platform of cultural workers initiated in 2003 at the intersection of political theory, art and activism. Vilensky works mainly within a framework of interdisciplinary collective practices in film, photography, text, installation and interventions in the public sphere. He is also an editor of the Chto Delat? newspaper.

Recent solo exhibitions of Chto Delat? Include:
“The Lessons of discontent”, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden; „Perestroika: Twenty Years after“, Koelnische Kunstverein; “Between Tragedy and Farce” at SMART project space, Amsterdam in 2011, “The urgent need to struggle”, Galerie Nova, Zagreb and Institute of Contemporary Art, London, 2010;

And presence at major international group exhibition such as:
“Ostalgia”, New Museum, New York, 2011
Global Contemporary. Art after 1989, ZKM Museum Karlsruhe, 2011
Vectors of the Possible” Former West Research Exhibitions, BAK, Utrecht, 2010 ,”Principio Potosí”, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2010; 17th Biennale of Sydney, 2010; and the 11th Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul, 2009.

Vilensky has contributed to many major conferences and is author of texts published widely in art journals and catalogues.