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TRANNY TEASE
Slavs and Tatars

1 May 2017

Pejman Foundation: Argo Factory and Café Musée Project present Slavs and Tatars' lecture-performance "Tranny Tease" on the occasion of their current exhibition at Pejman Foundation: Argo Factory.

Lenin believed that the revolution of the east begins with the Latinization (or Romanization) of the alphabets of all Muslims of the USSR. The march of alphabets has always accompanied that of empires–Arabic with the rise of Islam, Latin with that of Roman Catholicism, and Cyrillic with the Orthodox Church and subsequently Bolshevism.

Through the lens of phonetic, semantic, and theological slippage, The "Tranny Tease" explores the potential for transliteration–the conversion of scripts–as a strategy equally of resistance and research into notions such as identity politics, colonialism, and faith. With a focus on the Turkic languages, of the former Soviet Union, as well as the eastern and western frontiers of the Turkic sphere, namely Anatolia and Xinjiang/Uighuristant the "Tranny Tease" attempts not to emancipate peoples or nations but rather the sounds rolling off our tongues.

"Tranny Tease" was presented at Manifesta 10, St Petersburg; GfZK, Leipzig; ICA, London; Kunstverein Bielefeld; Yale Art Gallery / Department of Fine Arts; La Colonie, Paris; Villa Empain, Brussels; Istanbul Modern and Detroit Institute of Art.


ABOUT SLAVS AND TATARS

Founded in 2006, Slavs and Tatars mine the complexities and unexpected affinities across cultures through three axes: publications, lecture performances, and exhibition-making. They have exhibited in major institutions across the globe, including MoMA NY, Tate Modern, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, NYU Abu Dhabi, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Slavs and Tatars have published several books including a translation of the legendary Azeri satire “Molla Nasreddin: the magazine that would’ve could’ve should’ve”, currently in its second edition. The artists work across cycles, where extended periods of research give life to an eco-system of installations, sculptures, lectures, and printed matter that question our understanding of language, ritual and identity. Imbued with humor and a generosity of spirit, their work commonly blends pop visuals with esoteric traditions, oral rituals with scholarly analysis in a way that opens new paths of contemporary discourse.


VENUE

Pejman Foundation: Café Musée Project
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
North Kargar St., Dr. Fatemi St.
Pejman Foundation: Argo Factory and Café Musée Project present Slavs and Tatars' lecture-performance "Tranny Tease" on the occasion of their current exhibition at Pejman Foundation: Argo Factory.

Lenin believed that the revolution of the east begins with the Latinization (or Romanization) of the alphabets of all Muslims of the USSR. The march of alphabets has always accompanied that of empires–Arabic with the rise of Islam, Latin with that of Roman Catholicism, and Cyrillic with the Orthodox Church and subsequently Bolshevism.

Through the lens of phonetic, semantic, and theological slippage, The "Tranny Tease" explores the potential for transliteration–the conversion of scripts–as a strategy equally of resistance and research into notions such as identity politics, colonialism, and faith. With a focus on the Turkic languages, of the former Soviet Union, as well as the eastern and western frontiers of the Turkic sphere, namely Anatolia and Xinjiang/Uighuristant the "Tranny Tease" attempts not to emancipate peoples or nations but rather the sounds rolling off our tongues.

"Tranny Tease" was presented at Manifesta 10, St Petersburg; GfZK, Leipzig; ICA, London; Kunstverein Bielefeld; Yale Art Gallery / Department of Fine Arts; La Colonie, Paris; Villa Empain, Brussels; Istanbul Modern and Detroit Institute of Art.


ABOUT SLAVS AND TATARS

Founded in 2006, Slavs and Tatars mine the complexities and unexpected affinities across cultures through three axes: publications, lecture performances, and exhibition-making. They have exhibited in major institutions across the globe, including MoMA NY, Tate Modern, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, NYU Abu Dhabi, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Slavs and Tatars have published several books including a translation of the legendary Azeri satire “Molla Nasreddin: the magazine that would’ve could’ve should’ve”, currently in its second edition. The artists work across cycles, where extended periods of research give life to an eco-system of installations, sculptures, lectures, and printed matter that question our understanding of language, ritual and identity. Imbued with humor and a generosity of spirit, their work commonly blends pop visuals with esoteric traditions, oral rituals with scholarly analysis in a way that opens new paths of contemporary discourse.


VENUE

Pejman Foundation: Café Musée Project
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
North Kargar St., Dr. Fatemi St.