Slavs and Tatars

Founded in 2006, Slavs and Tatars is a faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia. The collective’s work spans several media, disciplines, and a broad spectrum of cultural registers (high and low) focusing on an oft-forgotten sphere of influence between Slavs, Caucasians and Central Asians.

Their work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at venues including MoMA, NY (2012), Secession, Vienna (2012), Kunsthalle Zurich (2014), Dallas Museum of Art (2014), REDCAT, Los Angeles (2013), GfZK, Leipzig (2014), Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2015), Blaffer Art Museum, Houston (2015). 

In 2015, they were nominated for Germany’s prestigious Nationalgalerie Preis and their installation at the Hamburger Bahnhof won the audience choice award. The artists have participated in several group shows: at the Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, 10th Sharjah, 8th Berlin, 3rd Thessaloniki, and 9th Gwangju Biennials.

In November 2016, a survey marking their ten-year practice opened at CCA Ujazdowski, Warsaw and will travel to four other venues through 2018: Pejman Foundation, Tehran; CAC Vilnius; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; and Salt Galata, Istanbul.

Slavs and Tatars has published Kidnapping Mountains  (Book Works, 2009), Love Me, Love Me Not: Changed Names  (onestar press, 2010), Not Moscow Not Mecca (Revolver/Secession, 2012), Khhhhhhh (Mousse/Moravia Gallery, 2012) as well as their translation of the legendary Azeri satire Molla Nasreddin: the magazine that would've, could've, should've (JRP-Ringier, 2011), Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz (Bookworks/Sharjah Art Foundation, 2013). A second edition of their translation of the legendary Azeri satire Molla Nasreddin was released in May 2017.

The collective’s first monograph was published by Walther Koenig in September 2017.

Their works are in collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin and The Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE, among others.

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