Their work “provokes interpretations as shifting and ambiguous as the transcontinental region it explores.” – Art in America
“the most cosmopolitan of collectives, where a geopolitics of globe-trotting allows their shape-shifting projects and concerns to continuously cross-pollinate divergent, and sometimes diametrically opposed, cultural specificities” – Artforum
Slavs and Tatars, founded in 2006, is an art collective whose installations, lecture-performances, sculptures and publications contemplate the lesser-known similarities found in the mix of belief systems and rituals among peoples of the Caucasus, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Pursuing an unconventional research-based approach, the group identifies the “area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia” as the focus of their multidisciplinary practice.
For Concentrations 57: Slavs and Tatars, the collective will present new work from their current series entitled Long Legged Linguistics, an ongoing investigation of language as a source of political, metaphysical and even sexual emancipation. With their trademark mix of high and low cultural registers, and play between the sacred and profane, Slavs and Tatars addresses the thorny issue of alphabet politics—the attempts by nations, cultures and ideologies to ascribe a specific set of letters to a given language—through a series of sculptures, installations, textiles and printed matter. The DMA’s Concentrations series began in 1981 and presents project-based solo exhibitions by international emerging artists.
Admission is FREE
Concentrations 57: Slavs and Tatars is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. The presentation is made possible by TWO X TWO for AIDS and Art, an annual fundraising event that jointly benefits amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and the Dallas Museum of Art, and by the Contemporary Art Initiative through the gifts of Arlene and John Dayton, Claire Dewar, Jennifer and John Eagle, Amy and Vernon Faulconer, Kenny Goss and Clayton Carter, Tim Hanley, Julie and Ed Hawes, Marguerite Steed Hoffman, The Karpidas Foundation, Patty Lowdon, Cynthia and Forrest Miller, Janelle and Alden Pinnell, Allen and Kelli Questrom, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Lisa and John Rocchio, Catherine and Will Rose, Deedie and Rusty Rose, Jan and Jim Showers, Jackie and Peter Stewart, Gayle and Paul Stoffel, and Sharon and Michael Young. Air transportation provided by American Airlines.
Images: Slavs and Tatars, Love Letters (No 1), 2013 wool, yarn 247 x 247 cm. Photo credit: Orestis Argiropoulos. Courtesy Three Star Books, Paris; Slavs and Tatars,Love Letters (No 2), 2013 wool, yarn 247 x 247 cm. Courtesy Kraupa-Tuskany Zeider, Berlin and Raster, Warsaw; Slavs and Tatars, Love Letters (No 3), 2013 wool, yarn 247 x 247 cm. Courtesy Kraupa-Tuskany Zeider, Berlin and Raster, Warsaw