Slavs and Tatars is a faction whoses polemics and intimacies are devoted to the world east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China. The collective’s work spans several media, disciplines, and a broad spectrum of cultural registers (high and low), but all focusing on the oft-forgotten sphere where Slavs, Caucasians and Central Asians overlap. Slavs and Tatars has published Kidnapping Mountains (Book Works, 2009), a celebration of complexity in the Caucasus, Love Me, Love Me Not: Changed Names (onestar press, 2010) and Molla Nasreddin: the magazine that would've, could've, should've (JRP-Ringier, 2011). The group’s work has been exhibited at Netwerk Centre for Contemporary Art, the Goethe Institut in New York City, Colette, the Moscow Biennale, the Frieze Sculpture Park, and the Sharjah Biennale. Solo shows are scheduled at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Kiosk) in Ghent, Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart, and Secession in Vienna.
The Visiting Artists Lecture Series is sponsored by the School of Art, Media, and Technology (AMT) at Parsons The New School for Design. The lecture series, organized by Coco Fusco, director of intermedia initiatives at AMT, invites renowned artists from across the globe to give free public presentations each Wednesday.