Slavs and Tatars
The artists’ collective Slavs and Tatars is showing its Pickle Bar in the HacerNoche Festival. This work, a Slavic interpretation of an Italian aperitivo bar, is also an invitation to engage with pickled delicacies and a Slavic aperitif in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere and explore the boundaries and possibilities of languages.
Pickle Bar is Slavs and Tatars latest initiative to extend their Eurasian platform to the greater public outside the confines of the traditional institution. Situated steps away from the collective’s studio and recently-launched mentorship & residency program in Berlin’s Moabit district, Pickle Bar invites other artists, thinkers, writers, and researchers to explore the limits of ideologies and the edges of belief systems within a Slavic take on the apéritivo bar. The integration of Pickle Bar into the HacerNoche project creates a space for dialogues with international and local artists. Slavs and Tatars have invited Nora Turato, Sexto Colectivo, Selin Davasse, Shalva Nikvashvili, Jennifer Wilson and José Sarukhan to be part of the Oaxaca edition of the Pickle Bar.
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 practice is based on three activities: exhibitions, books and lecture performances. They have exhibited in major institutions across the Middle East, Europe and North America. They have had solo exhibitions at Salt, Istanbul (2017), MoMA, NY (2012), Secession, Vienna (2012), Dallas Museum of Art (2014), Kunsthalle Zurich (2014) and NYU Abu Dhabi (2015). Slavs and Tatars have published several books, including Mirrors for Princes (JRP|Ringier / NYU Abu Dhabi, 2015), Not Moscow Not Mecca (Revolver/Secession, 2012), Khhhhhhh (Mousse/Moravia Gallery, 2012), Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz (Book Works, 2013) as well as their translation of the legendary Azeri satire Molla Nasreddin. (2. Ed., I.B Tauris, 2017).On the occasion of a mid-career survey of their work, the first monograph on their practice–Mouth to Mouth–was published by König Books.