Series Editors: Alessandra Pomarico & Nikolay Oleynikov
A project of Free Home University and Chto Delat
A group of artists gathered in Castiglione d’Otranto in southern Italy in the hot summer of 2019. They came from the broader region of Puglia—some had migrated there from across the world—and they came from Europe, Russia, and North America. That summer session of Free Home University was typical in its eclectic assemblage of people, activities, and concepts. But the outcome was very unusual: a film that was a “reflecting-with, a call-and-response, a reverberation of questions across completely different contexts and geographies” as Alessandra Pomarico describes it in her introduction. The practice of resonating with Zapatismo was something that Russian collective Chto Delat had been doing in their film series, titled “Slow Orientation in Zapatismo” of which People of Flour, Salt, and Water is the second iteration.
This series on ArtsEverywhere is an online adaptation of a book that emerged from the filmmaking process. When the Roots Start Moving—To Navigate Backward—Resonating with Zapatismo is a collection of essays, artistic works, and histories, edited by Alessandra Pomarico and Nikolay Oleynikov. The introduction by Alessandra explains their editorial process, imagining how the book became “the place where we could keep gathering our thoughts and hearts, in a moment of separation due to Covid restrictions. Our pedagogy of the encounter had to be articulated differently, activating other forms of affective resonance.” ArtsEverywhere hopes this online space serves to expand that resonant space even further.
The fate of an insect that struggles between life and death somewhere in a nook sheltered from humanity is as important as the fate and the future of the revolution.
Two film artists’ scene-by-scene analysis of the learning-film, People of Flour, Salt, and Water.
An exploration of the ethos behind the Russian art collective Chto Delat.