Slavs and Tatars
Lecture-performance: Molla Nasreddin: Embrace Your Antithesis
When | Wednesday 21 October, 6pm
Location | Artspace, Level 2, Seminar Room
Duration | Approximately 50 minutes
Presented in partnership with the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, on the occasion of Slavs and Tatars solo exhibition Mirrors for Princes.
Artspace is pleased to present Molla Nasreddin: Embrace Your Antithesis, a lecture-performance by Slavs and Tatars, the acclaimed Eurasian art collective whose work focuses on the specific sphere of influence between Slavs, Caucasians and Central Asians.
Arguably the most important periodical of the Muslim world in the 20th century, Molla Nasreddin was a legendary Azerbaijani political satire read by an audience that stretched from Morocco to India. The weekly addressed issues such as gender equality, education, colonialism, and Islam’s integration of modernity — all of which remain as relevant and pressing today as when the magazine was first published a century ago. Molla Nasreddin: Embrace Your Antithesis includes a discussion of the figure of the antimodern and the issue of self-censorship then and today.
Slavs and Tatars have exhibited in major international exhibitions and institutions including the Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, Hamburger Bahnhof, New Museum, 10th Sharjah Biennial, 8th Berlin Biennale, Manifesta 10, St Petersburg, 9th Gwangju Biennale, and 7th Asia-Pacific Triennial at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. Select solo exhibitions include MoMA, NY (2012), Secession, Vienna (2012), Künstlerhaus, Stuttgart (2013), Dallas Museum of Art (2014), Kunsthalle Zurich (2014), GfZK, Leipzig (2014) and NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery (2015).
Molla Nasreddin: Embrace Your Antithesis is presented by Artspace in partnership with the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, on the occasion of Slavs and Tatars solo exhibition Mirrors for Princes.