SLAVS AND TATARS:
Saturday, September 20, 11 am
at the Birmingham Museum of Art
2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Boulevard
Birmingham, AL 35203
map + directions
Co-presented by the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama.
Slavs and Tatars joins ART PAPERS and the Birmingham Museum of Art to explore the potential of
language—and particularly, of transliteration, or the conversion of scripts—as a strategy of both
resistance and research into notions of identity politics, colonialism, and faith.
Long-Legged Linguistics is one in a series of lecture-performances in the collective's latest
cycle of work, which examines the ever-changing and always powerful alphabets of Eurasia—where
Arabic accompanied the rise of Islam, Latin that of Roman Catholicism, and Cyrillic that of the
Orthodox Church and, later, communism. Long-Legged Linguistics attempts not to emancipate particular
peoples of notions, but rather the sounds rolling off our collective tongues, in any region of the world.
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. They have
exhibited in major institutions across the Middle East, Europe and North America, including the
Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, 10th Sharjah, 8th Berlin, 3rd Thessaloniki, and 9th Gwangju Biennials.
Select solo engagements include MoMA, NY (2012), Secession, Vienna (2012), K¨nstlerhaus Stuttgart (2013),
Dallas Museum of Art (2014), Kunsthalle Zurich (2014) and GfZK, Leipzig (2014). Slavs and Tatars has
published six books, including 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), Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi'ite Showbiz (Book Works, 2013)
as well as their translation of the legendary Azeri satire Molla Nasreddin: the magazine that would've,
could've, should've (JRP-Ringier, 2011).
Slavs and Tatars' sculpture Rahle for Richard (2013) will be on view in the BMA's Contemporary
Galleries from September 2014.
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