A lecture performance derived from Molla Nasreddin, the Azerbaijani satirical weekly ‘that would’ve, could’ve, should’ve’—a significant 20th century Muslim periodical. Slavs and Tatars address the idea of the anti-modern, self-censorship, and modernity in the Caucasus.
Molla Nasreddin: Embrace Your Antithesis has been presented at the Serpentine Gallery, London; UCLA’s Near Eastern Studies Department; Kunstverein Münich; Swiss Institute, New York; EHESS, Paris; and Meadows Museum, SMU, among others.
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 the oft-forgotten sphere of influence between Slavs, Caucasians, and Central Asians. The collective’s practice is based on three activities: exhibitions, books, and lecture-performances.
Note: Due to heavy traffic in the Aberdeen Tunnel, please leave extra time to come to Spring Workshop via Kennedy Town/Pok Fu Lam.
Presented by Asia Art Archive and hosted by Spring Workshop.
- Slavs and Tatars, Molla Nasreddin: The magazine that that would’ve, could’ve, should’ve, 2011. Courtesy of Slavs and Tatars.