Concentrations 57: Slavs and Tatars

July 18, 2014 to December 14, 2014 | Focus I Gallery

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

Programs

The Tranny Tease

Friday, October 17, 7:00 p.m.

In conjunction with Concentrations 57: Slavs and Tatars, the artists present their latest lecture-performance.

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