Molla Nasreddin

Slavs and Tatars presents "Molla Nasreddin: the magazine that would’ve, could’ve, should’ve." It features a selection of the most iconic covers, illustrations and caricatures from the legendary Azeri satirical periodical of the early 20th century, "Molla Nasreddin." The most important publication of its kind, "Molla Nasreddin" was read across the Muslim world from Morocco to Iran, addressing issues whose relevance has not abated, such as women’s rights, the Latinization of the alphabet, Western imperial powers, creeping socialism from Russia in the north, and growing Islamism from Iran in the south. "Molla Nasreddin" not only contributed to a crucial understanding of national identity in the case study of the complexity called the Caucasus, but offered a momentous example of the powers of the press both then and today.

The publication is part of the series of artists’ projects edited by Christoph Keller.

Offset print, 24 x 28 cm, 208 pages, color throughout, glue and stitched binding with solve gloss laminated and black foil embossed cover, 2011. Edition of 1,700. Available via jrp|ringier.

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Molla Nasreddin: Embrace Your Antithesis talk at SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Molla Nasreddin: Embrace Your Antithesis at Bidoun Library, Serpertine Gallery, London


Molla Nasreddin featured in a special presentation at the Bidoun Library at Art Dubai. 


Presentation of Molla Nasreddin at the Global Art Forum, Art Dubai.


Molla Nasreddin: Embrace Your Antithesis talk at SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul


Molla Nasreddin as part of A Rock and Hard Place at Alatza imaret, Thessaloniki Biennale: 3


Book Launch at Swiss Institute, New York


The Library of Equivocation (detail), river-beds, kilims, books, 2011



Adam Budak’s East: Excitable Speech: West as part of curated by_Vienna 2011. Installation view, Kerstin Engholm Galerie. Photo by Karl Kühn.