Slavs and Tatars
5 min 48 sec
Slavs and Tatars have long been interested in the notion of coincidentia oppositorum equally as a strategy as subject matter: the coincidence of opposites, bringing together that which is considered incommensurate, mutually exclusive. The artists call it the metaphysical splits: how to reconcile that which seems antithetical. Their first video work, Hamdami explores this tension in what is a conspiration, or breathing together, of the sensual and spiritual.
About Slavs and Tatars:
Slavs and Tatars is an art collective devoted to an area East of the former Berlin Wall and West of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia. Their practice is based on three activities: exhibitions, books and lecture-performances. With a heady mix of high and low brow humor, the artists turn to sculptures, installations, and text to excavate and explore a geography that is equally imagined as it is political. Since 2006, the collective’s work has been exhibited at major museums and biennials internationally, including Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, 10th Sharjah, 8th Berlin, 3rd Thessaloniki, and 9th Gwangju Biennials.
Their work has also been the subject of solo exhibitions at the 58th Venice Biennale, (2019); Salt, Istanbul (2017); Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2015); Kunsthalle Zurich (2014); Dallas Museum of Art (2014);the MoMA, New York (2012); and Secession, Vienna (2012).
Their works are in important public and private collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin and The Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE, among others.