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Slavs and Tatars

11 September 2016

Pejman Foundation: Café Musée Project presents Slavs and Tatars' lecture-performance "Al-Isnad or Chains We Can Believe In".

"Al-Isnad or Chains We Can Believe In" tells a story of mysticism within modernity, namely through the unlikely perspective of a Dan Flavin commissions for a Sufi mosque in downtown New York in the early 1980s. From Khlebnikov and the Russian Futurists to Charles de Foucauld and le renouveau catholique, the lecture-performance attempts a definition of criticality through hospitality and the sacred, linguistic and syncretic, respectively.

"Al-Isnad or Chains We Can Believe In" was presented at the MoMA, NY; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Monash University, Melbourne; West, Den Haag, and Institutions by Artists conference, Vancouver.


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.