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     BIO

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.

 

     SOLO EXHIBITIONS
     2015
NYU Abu Dhabi
Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
     2014
Mirrors for Princes, Kunsthalle Zurich
"Concentrations: 57", Dallas Museum of Art
The Naughty Nasals, Arsenal Gallery, Białystok
Lektor, GfZK, Leipzig
Language Arts, The Third Line, Dubai
     2013
Long Legged Linguistics, Art Space Pythagorion, Samos
Behind Reason
, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (duo w/ Cevdet Erek’s Anti-Pattern)
Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz, Presentation House, Vancouver and REDCAT, LA
     2012
Beyonsense, "Projects 98," Museum of Modern Art, New York
Never Give Up the Fruit, Forever & Today, New York
Too Much Tłumacz, Raster, Warsaw
Not Moscow Not Mecca, Kraupa-Tuskany, Berlin
Khhhhhh, Moravia Gallery, Brno
Not Moscow Not Mecca, Secession, Vienna
     2011
Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz, Kiosk, Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten, Gent
Przyjaźń Narodów: Lahestan Nesfeh-Jahan, Gdańska Galeria Miejska, Gdansk
A Monobrow Manifesto, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen
     2009
Kidnapping Mountains, Netwerk Center for Contemporary Art, Aalst, Belgium
     2008

Common Wealth, 032c, Berlin and Ooga Booga, Los Angeles (2010)
A Thirteenth Month Against Time, Newman-Popiashvili Gallery, New York

 

     SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
     2014
"Rainbow in the Dark," Salt Galata, Istanbul
"Into the Country," Salt Ulus, Ankara
8th Berlin Biennial
Manifesta 10, St Petersburg
As You Can See: Polish Art Today, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
Take Liberty!
National Museum, Oslo
Neighbours, Istanbul Modern

     2013
Soft Pictures, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
Pataphysics, Sean Kelly Gallery, NY
Long Ago and Not True Anyway, Waterside Contemporary, London
Museum Off Museums
, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld
In the Heart of the Country, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
Nouvelle Vague, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Love Me Love Me Not, Venice
L’Ange de l’Histoire, Palais de Beaux Arts, Paris
Weird Science, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York
Nouveau Festival, Centre Pompidou, Paris
     2012
Traversing West Asia, Asia Pacific Triennial, Brisbane
Roundtable, 9th Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju
2nd Ural Biennial, Ekaterinburg
Etat de Veille, Galerie Jousse Entreprise, Paris
Under the Mountain, Festival of Culture, Jerusalem
On Apology
, CCA Wattis, San Francisco
Migrosophia, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah
The Ungovernables, New Museum Triennial, NY
Print/Out, Museum of Modern Art, NY
Scenarios about Europe III
, GfZK, Leipzig
     
2011
I decided not to save the world, Tate Modern/Salt Beyoğlu 
Station C, Konsthall C, Stockholm
Geopoetics
, 8th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil
A Rock and a Hard Place
, 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale
Melanchotopia, Witte de With, Rotterdam
Group Affinity, Kunstverein München
Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz
10th Sharjah Biennale, UAE
Galicia. Topologies of Myth, Małopolskie Centrum Kulturz SOKOŁ, Nowy Sącz, Poland
East:Excitable Speech:West, Kerstin Engholm Galerie, Vienna
Distant Montage, École Régionale des Beaux Arts de Valence, France
Le Mont Analogue, BE Part Platform voor actuele kunst, Waregem, Belgium
ECHT? based on a true story, Kuenstlerhaus Stuttgart 
     
2010
Between the silhouette and the background, unosunove gallery, Rome
Monobrow Manifesto, Frieze Sculpture Park, London
Salon5, ARGOS centre for art and media, Brussels
25th Nadežda Petrović Memorial, Čačak, Serbia
Correct Me if I am Critical, Felleshuset, Nordische Botschaft, Berlin
Frozen Moments, Ministry of Transport, Tbilisi, Georgia
032c Workshop # 1, BAIBAKOV art projects, Moscow
Habitat (Some Pleasures and Discomforts of Domestic Life), Twenty First/Twenty First Gallery, New York
Miseducation, Brucennial, New York
The Past is a Foreign Country, Centre of Contemporary Art ‘Znaki Czasu’ in Torun
Freischuss, Kleine Humboldt Galerie, Berlin

     2009
Industrial Light Magic, Goethe Institut, New York
Wola Art Festival, Warsaw
Hymns of No Resistance, Kaai Theatre, Brussels
Betlemi Mikro-Raioni, Laura Palmer Foundation, Tbilisi
Nomadic Focus, Interzone, Studio BWA, Wroclaw
Live Archive of ‘The Generational: Younger Than Jesus’, New Museum, New York
     2008
Grotto, Museum 52, London
Place it, Parallel Events Manifesta 7, Lungomare Gallery, Bolzano

Shifting Identities, Kunsthall Zürich         

Pro eto, NCCA, Moscow Biennale of Young Artists
Forms of Inquiry, traveling show: Casco, Utrecht; lux, Valence; IASPIS, Stockholm; BolteLang, Zürich; Archizoom EPFL, Lausanne

Ostersund, Färgfabriken, Stockholm

     2007
Left Pop, Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art

New Multiples, Art Metropole, Toronto
NY Art Book Fair, Printed Matter, New York 

Books by Artists, E:vent Gallery, London
10 Years, Colette, Paris

     2006 

Publish and Be Damned,  Casco Projects, Utrecht 

30ANSCHLAEGE, Public Exhibition in Heidelberg


     COLLECTIONS
 

The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE
The Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
Kadist Collection, Paris
Arsenal, Białystok
Ringier Collection, Zurich
Wrocław Contemporary Museum, 
Wrocław

     PUBLICATIONS

Naughty Nasals, Arsenal Gallery, Białystok, 2014
Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz
, Book Works / Sharjah Art Foundation, 2013.
Khhhhhhh
, Moravian Gallery in Brno/Mousse, 2012
Not Moscow Not Mecca, Secession/Revolver, 2012
Molla Nasreddin: the magazine that would’ve, could’ve, should’ve
, Christoph Keller/JRP-Ringier, 2011
79.89.09, Book Works, 2010
Love Me, Love Me Not: Changed Names, onestar press, 2010
Kidnapping Mountains, Book Works, 2009

 

     SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY/ PRESS

     2014
Kevin Jones, review of "Language Arts," Art Asia Pacific, Nov/Dec
Valery Ledenyov, "Что надо знать: группа Славяне и татары," ArtGuide, 2 October
Ian Wallace, "The New Manifestos," artspace, 17 May
Anna Seaman, review of "Language Arts", The National, 1 April
Deena Chalabi, "Interview with Slavs and Tatars," Issues, Biennial.com
Jim Quilty, "The languages of art, politics and melons," The Daily Star, 28 March
Roxana Azimi, "Slavs and Tatars, l’art des antipodes," Le Monde, 26 March
Sergey Guskov, "Cтрана которой нет," Harper’s Bazaar Art, April
James Scarborough, "A Conversation with Slavs and Tatars," Huffington Post, 11 March
Stephanie Bailey, "A conversation with Slavs and Tatars," Ocula, 
Ewa Zubek, "Politics, Aesthetics, and Friendship in Eurasia," The Culturist
Stephanie Bailey, "Syncretic Cartographies," Yishu, Vol 13, Number 1 

     2013
David Joselit, "On Aggregators," October, Nº 146, Fall
HG Masters, review of "Long Legged Linguistics," Art Asia Pacific
Kimberly Bradley, Peripheral Vision, artsy.net
Gesine Borcherdt, Q&A Art Space Pythagorion, artinfo.com
Adriana Prodeus, ’Panslawizm – tak!’ (in Polish) Newsweek, issue 27.
Iwona Kurz, ’Nie Chcemy Być Nowcześni’, (in Polish) dwutygodnik.pl, issue 110.
Joel Regev and Masha Shtutman, "Children of Marx and Kumis" (in Russian), Colta.ru
Franz Thalmair, ’La Plus Courte Distance Entre Deux Points,’ (interview in French) l’Officiel Art, Nº 6.
Sylvain Menétrey, ’Le Grand Ecart,’ (interview in French) Dorade, Nº 5.
Media Farzin, review of "Beyonsense" in Bidoun, issue 28
Steve Kado, review of "Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz," Critics’ Picks, ARTFORUM
Fionn Meade, ’Reverse Optimism,’ Modern Painters, March
Melissa Chemam, ’Nouveau Festival: Focus sur le collectif Slavs and Tatars,’ toutesurlaculture.com, 24 Feb 
Danielle McCoullough, ’Looking at Los Angeles: Slavs and Tatars,’ 19 Feb
Bernard Blistène, ’Tire Ta Langue,’ France Culture radio, 17 Feb
     2012
Jesi Khadivi, ’Slavs and Tatars,’ Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia, Nov-Dec
Miško Šuvaković, ’Slavs and Tatars: Posle Postkolonijalnog Subjekta,’ in Umetnost i Politika (Belgrade: Sluzbeni Glasnik,
2012)
Iwo Zmyślony, ’Caucasian Bazaar’, dwutygodnik.pl, issue 40.
Kevin Kinsella, ’For the Birds,’ BombBlog, 5 November.
Anders Kreuger, ’Beyond Nonsense: What Slavs and Tatars Make,’ Afterall, Fall 2012
Austin Considine, ’Slavs and Tatars Bring Eurasian Transreason to MoMA,’ Art in America, 16 October
Karol Sienkiewicz, ’Slavs and Tatars’ "Too Much Tłumacz"’ review, Art Agenda, 16 October
Jon Leon, ’Political He Says,’ Spike, no 33 Autumn 2012
Shelby Brody, ’Art in Translation,’ The Columbia Daily Spectator
Mason Curry, ’Skyping with Slavs and Tatars,’ Print, October
Igor Gulin, ’ Представители трещины,’ Kommersant, 31 Aug
Slavs and Tatars, ’When Satire Conquered Iran,’ New York Review of Books, 18 Sept
Oleg Sulkin, ’Slavs and Tatars захватили Музей современного искусства,’ Голос Америки, 19 August
Tereza Stejskalová, ’Možnosti kulturního překladu,’ A2, 4 July.
Mara Goldwyn, ’It’s a Trip’ Sleek, 34.
Slavs and Tatars, ’Q&A,’ Frieze, May.
Jerry Saltz, ’Big Government Conservatives,’ New York Magazine, 24 February.
Ken Johnson, ’Gauging the Power of the Print,’ The New York Times, 16 February.
Marta Jazowska, ’Slavs and Tatars’ Not Moscow Not Mecca,’ culture.pl
Alex Moshakis, ’Interview with Slavs and Tatars,’ It’s Nice That, issue 8.
HG Masters, ’Five Plus One’, Asia Art Pacific, Almanac 2011
Magadalen Chua, ’Interactions between Representations of History,’ Dailyserving.com, January 26.
     2011
Christopher Lord, ’A Daring Eastern Publication,’ The National, Dec 21
Adnan Yıldız, ’Artist of the Week: Slavs and Tatars,’ Manifesta Journal blog, Dec 12
Karolina Majewska, ’Slavs and Tatars w Gdańsku,’ obieg.pl, October 16
JJ Charlesworth,’I decided not to save the world’ review, TimeOut, Nov 17
HG Masters, ’Slavs and Tatars: Collective Eclecticism," Asia Art Pacific, issue 75
Behrang Samsami, ’Simplicissimus auf Aserbaidschanisch,’ Zenith, September 16
Don J. Cohen, ’Molla Nasreddin review,’ Asia Art Pacific, issue 75
Alexander Provan, ’Molla Nasreddin review,’ Bidoun, issue 25
Isabella Ella Hughes, ’Snail Fever: review,’ Asia Art Pacific
Carson Chan, ’The Last of the Eurasianists,’ Kaleidoscope, issue 11
David Shariatmadari, ’Molla Nasreddin review’, The Guardian, June 24
Peter Gordon, "Molla Nasreddin redux," Asian Review of Books
Nigar Hacizade, "Müslüman, laik, demokrat devrimciler," Radikal, May 30
Elizabeth Minkel, ’The magazine that almost changed the world,’ The New Yorker, May 26
Isabella Ella Hughes, ’Sharjah Biennale 10 review,’ Asia Art Pacific, issue 73
Daniel Morgenthaler, ’Der "Nebelspalter" der muslimischen Welt’, Basler Zeitung, April 13
Taraneh Hemami, ’Tracing the Plot,’ SF MoMA blog
Maxine Kopsa, ’It was bibliophilia at first sight’, Metropolis M, March
Adam Budak, ’Future Greats,’ Art Review, March
Nicholas Cullinan, ’Group Think,’ Artforum, February
Dietrich Heißenbüttel, ’Von Slawen und Tataren,’ Süddeutsche Zeitung, February 16

      2010
Slavs and Tatars, ’Molla Nasreddin: The Magazine That Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve’, artfagcity.com, September
Federica Bueti, ‘All Alone, Together’ artslant.com, September
Daniel Miller, ’Postcard from Tbilisi,’ Frieze.com, September

Federica Bueti, ‘Interview with Slavs and Tatars,’ artslant.com, August

Ewa Opałka, ‘Przewodniki po nie-miejscu. "Przeszłość jest obcym krajem,’ Obieg, June

Paulina Jakubowska, ‘Geografia umysłu,’ COwToruniu.pl, January 26

Slavs and Tatars, ’Go East, Young Man!032c, issue 19

Slavs and Tatars, ‘Who is the enemy?’ Kaleidoscope, issue 5

Slavs and Tatars, ‘Польские Татары (Polskie Tatari),’ Black Square, issue 9

‘Short takes: Kidnapping Mountains,’ Bidoun, issue 20

Visionaire No. 57: 2010
     2009
Slavs and Tatars, ‘What is Urgent’ Metropolis M, issue 6
A
ndrzej Rejnson Wolska architektura w rekach artystow Polska, November 18
Slavs and Tatars, ‘Poland 1989: In Praise of the Normal, Methodical and Slow’, 032c, issue 18
Slavs and Tatars, ‘Tehran 1979: Paper, Participation, Politics’, 032c, issue 17
Isabelle De Baets, ‘Strak, Minder Strak, No-Nonsense’, <H>ART, issue 52, June 4
Jasmine De Bruycker, ‘Kidnapping Mountains’, Klara.be, May 13
Agata Araszkiewicz, ‘Slavs and Tatars’, flaneriaa, May 18
Shaun Walker, ‘The Expatriate’, Fantastic Man, issue 9
Negar Azimi, ‘I Often Dream of Slavs’, Bidoun, issue 16
     2008
 

Payam Sharifi, ‘Flattened History’, Metropolis M, No. 5
Anna Dyulgerova, ‘Novi Moskvich’, Harper’s Bazaar, September
Ingrid Chu, ‘Rebuilding the Pantheon’, Filip, issue 8
Slavs and Tatars, ‘Mohammed Mossadeq’, LamMagazine.com, May

Alison Cool, ‘Wall to Wall’, Style.com, April 8

     2007

Slavs and Tatars, ‘Drafting Defeat’, Cities from Zero, Ed. Shumon Basar, AA Publications

Holland Cotter, ‘Art between Covers’, New York Times, September 29

Suzy Menkes, ‘Paris’ Colette’, International Herald Tribune, March 26

     2006

Featured in ‘The Conditions of Graphic Design’, IDEA No. 316

Featured in ‘The Creators Network’, +81, vol. 33

Slavs and Tatars, ‘Slavs’, 032c, issue 11

Payam Sharifi, ‘Veiled Beauty’, Another Magazine, issue 10

     2005

Brigitte Ollier, ‘L’oeil Hyéres’, Libération, May 5

Gert Jonkers, ‘Modewereld is op zoek naar foto’s met inhoud’, De Volkskrant, May 2

Payam Sharifi, ‘Past – The Undecideds’, Another Magazine, issue 9

Payam Sharifi, ‘Discretion’, A Magazine curated by Haider Ackermann, vol 3

Payam Sharifi, ‘Révolutions de Façade’, Libération, August 11

 

     AWARDS

      2012
Inform Award, GfZK, Leipzig

Le prix Fernand Baudin 2011, Brussels
  

      2010

Le prix Fernand Baudin 2009, Brussels  
      2009

Le prix Fernand Baudin 2008, Brussels

     2008

Grand Prix of the Brno Biennial 2008, The Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic Award 

      RESIDENCIES
IASPIS, Stockholm
Yale University Artist-in-Residence, New Haven
 

     TALKS
     The Transliterative Tease
GfZK, Leipzig
Dallas Museum of Art
Manifesta 10, St. Petersburg
Kunsthalle Zurich
Kunstverein Bielefeld
Yale University School of Art, New Haven
Asia Society, NY
Istanbul Modern


    
 Al-Isnad: Chains We Can Believe In
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Institutions by Artists, Vancouver
Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Bazaristan, Wrocław Capital of Culture 2016
Art Space Pythagorion, Samos


   
 Reverse Joy
Kunsthalle Athena
GfZK, Leipzig
New Museum, NY
Salt, Istanbul
Secession, Vienna
Moravska Galeria, Brno
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
SFU Woodward, Vancouver

     79.89.09
Global Futures, University of Southampton, Mosaic Rooms, London
CREEES, University of Texas, Austin
REDCAT, Los Angeles
IASPIS, Stockholm
Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Columbia MFA, NY
Parsons, New School, NY
Cal Arts, Valencia
Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen
10th Sharjah Biennale, Sharjah
Salon5, Argos Center for Art and Media, Brussels
Belleville Biennale, Paris
Space Studios, London
Nordische Botschaft, Berlin
The Bruce High Quality Foundation University’s Edifying series, New York 
Opening Lecture, Studium Generale, Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam
Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
Theory and Practice, Afisha Picnic, Moscow
Cycles and Seasons, Triumph Gallery, Moscow

     Régions d’Être:
Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Bidoun Art Park, Art Dubai

 

     Molla Nasreddin: Embrace Your Antithesis
Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas
Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris
Central Public Library, Los Angeles
Near Eastern Studies Dept, University of California, Los Angeles
Moderna Museet, Malmö
Witte de With, Rotterdam
Konsthall C, Stockholm
Serpentine Gallery, London
Salt, Istanbul
Swiss Institute, NY
Global Art Forum, Art Dubai