Reading Group with Problem Collective

Reading Group
23/2 2023 5 pm — 7 pm

The admission is free.

We kindly ask you to register in advance at or directly at the cash desk in Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier. The number of participants is limited.

The reading group will be held in English.

Inspired by and deconstructing the methods of the early Soviet reading groups aimed at self-education of peasants and workers, and also discussing the contemporary state of reading and text, Problem Collective invites to a session of collective reading. The group offers to read the List of MOPR Pavilion Exhibits – a historical document found in the national archives of the Republic of Belarus. The document lists the exhibits that were placed in the MOPR Pavilion at the First All-Belarusian Agricultural and Industrial Exhibition in 1930 Minsk. The MOPR Pavilion was built and designed by the artist and constructor Aleksanteri Ahola-Valo, who recorded a history of political violence in the experimental display of the pavilion. Problem Collective activates and contextualizes this list in the moment of intense police and state violence in Belarus from 2020 to 2021.

Ruth Jenrbekova will guide the participants through the performative reading session.

Problem Collective is an artistic and research group, formed in Minsk in 2016 by Alesia Zhitkevich, Aleksei Borisionok, Uladzimir Hramovich, and Olia Sosnovskaya. The group works with archives, memory politics, and the (post-)socialist histories of Belarus. Started as a reading group, Problem Collective hosts collective reading sessions and develops reading scores, which address contemporary and historical texts.