Selected Works
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Ezan Çılgıŋŋŋŋŋları, 2014

mixed media, sound, 100 x 900 x 750 cm

8.Berlin Biennale

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Beyonsense (installation view)

Projects 98

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2012

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Beyonsense (installation view)

Projects 98 

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2012.

Photo by Jason Mandella

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PrayWay, 2012

silk and wool carpet, MDF, steel, neon, 50 x 390 x 280 cm.

2nd New Museum Triennial New York

Photo by Patrick McMullan

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When in Rome, 2010

engraved travertine, coloured glass, Euro coins

96 x 126 cm

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Mirrors for Princes (installation view), Kunsthalle Zürich, 2014

The Squares and Circurls of Justice, 2014

steel, cotton turbans, polyester hats, 170.5 × 655 × 40 cm

Photo by Stefan Altenburger

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Mirrors for Princes (installation view), Kunsthalle Zürich, 2014

 

Zulf (blond), 2014

oak wood, hair, 30× 30 × 30 cm

 

Zulf (brunette), 2014

oak wood, hair  82 × 50 × 30 cm

 

Photo by Stefan Altenburger

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AÂ AÂ AÂ UR, 2015

steel, resin, paint, condensed earth and grass, 280 x 900 x 380 cm.

KölnSkulptur #8

Photo by Axel Schneider, Frankfurt a.M

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Lektor (speculum linguarum), 2014

multi-channel audio, plexiglass, speakers.

GFZK Leipzig

Photo by Johannes Ernst

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Wheat Mollah, 2011

wheat, cotton, brick, 35 x 45 x 25 cm

Sharjah Biennial 10

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Reverse Joy, 2012

public fountain, red pigment

Jerusalem Season of Culture

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Rahle for Richard, 2014

veneer on MDF, 56 x 110 x 180 cm 

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Before the Before, After the After, 2012

industrial foam, concrete, lacquer paint, 145 Ø x 72,5 cm (each). Secession Vienna.

Photo by Oliver Ottenschläger

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Not Moscow Not Mecca (installation view)

Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler Gallery, 2012

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Mirrors for Princes: Both Sides of the Tongue (installation view), NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, 2015

 

Nose Twister, 2014

veneer, faux leather, foam, paint 100 × 235 × 235 cm.

 

Mystical Protest, 2011

luminous paint on silk-screened fabric, fluorescent lights, 240 × 620 × 15 cm

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Bazm u Razm (joint 1), 2014

dichroic glass, wood, 50 x 90 x 45 cm

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Mirrors for Princes: Both Sides of the Tongue (installation view), NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, 2015

 

Sharp Eye (hazel), 2014

fibreglass, acrylic paint, polyester resin, 125 × 100 × 100 cm

 

Zulf (brunette), 2014

oak wood, hair,  82 × 50 × 30 cm

 

Sheikha, 2014

steel, textile, fans, 125 × 80 × 130 cm

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Mother Tongues and Father Throats, 2013

woolen yarn, 500 x 300 cm

Centre Pompidou

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Régions d’être, 2012

steel, lacquer paint, 200 x 400 x 47 cm

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Molla Nasreddin the antimodern, 2012

fibreglass, lacquer paint, steel, 157 x 165 x 88 cm

9th Gwangju Biennial

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Reverse Joy, 2012

MDF, tile, water pump, pigment, acrylic paint, ~ 80 x 241 x 241 cm

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Kitab Kebab (kapuscinski-orbeliani), 2012
books, metal skewered, ~ 100 x 50 x 50cm

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Hymns of No Resistance: Stuck in Ossetia with You, 2010; Armenian, 2014; Young Kurds, 2014; Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, 2014

gold foil on canvas, traditional marbled paper,

laser print, from 4 to 6 song sheets (each), 42 x 29,7 cm 

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The Naughty Nasals, 2014.

wood veneer, wheels, fabric, foam, various dimensions

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Larry nixed, Trachea trixed, 2015

screen print, silver mirror paper, 70 x 50 cm, ed. 100

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A Monobrow Manifesto, 2010

pvc, print, helium, 300 x 300 x 300 cm.

Frieze Sculpture Park, London

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A Monobrow Manifesto,  2010

pvc, print, helium, 300 x 300 x 300 cm. Frieze Sculpture Park, London

Frieze Sculpture Park, London

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Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz (installation view), 2011

Sharjah Biennale 10

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Never Give Up The Fruit, 2012
hand blown glass, electric fixture, bulb, wooden structure, approx. 135 x 200 x 320 cm.

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Dil be Del, 2014

bronze, silver acrylic paint, 10 x12 x 9 cm

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Language Arts (installation view), The Third Line, 2014

 

Love Letters No 2,4,8, 2013-2014

woolen yarn, ~ 250 x 250 cm (each)

 

Rahle for Richard, 2014

veneer on MDF, 56 x 110 x 180 cm

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Language Arts (installation view), The Third Line, 2014

 

Tranny Tease (pour Marcel), 2009-2014

vacuum formed plastic, acrylic paint, 64 x 91 cm (each)

 

Love Letters No 9, 2014

woolen yarn, ~ 250 x 250 cm 

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Both Sides of the Tongue (english), 2015

book, acrylic paint, framed, 21× 30 × 5 cm

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A Thirteenth Month Against Time, 2008

mimeograph print, offset hand-pasted color stickers,

stitched binding, in black case with white foiled print

21 x 28 x1 cm

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Ezan Çılgıŋŋŋŋŋları, 2014

mixed media, sound, 100 x 900 x 750 cm

8.Berlin Biennale

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Beyonsense (installation view)

Projects 98

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2012

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Beyonsense (installation view)

Projects 98 

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2012.

Photo by Jason Mandella

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PrayWay, 2012

silk and wool carpet, MDF, steel, neon, 50 x 390 x 280 cm.

2nd New Museum Triennial New York

Photo by Patrick McMullan

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When in Rome, 2010

engraved travertine, coloured glass, Euro coins

96 x 126 cm

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Mirrors for Princes (installation view), Kunsthalle Zürich, 2014

The Squares and Circurls of Justice, 2014

steel, cotton turbans, polyester hats, 170.5 × 655 × 40 cm

Photo by Stefan Altenburger

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Mirrors for Princes (installation view), Kunsthalle Zürich, 2014

 

Zulf (blond), 2014

oak wood, hair, 30× 30 × 30 cm

 

Zulf (brunette), 2014

oak wood, hair  82 × 50 × 30 cm

 

Photo by Stefan Altenburger

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AÂ AÂ AÂ UR, 2015

steel, resin, paint, condensed earth and grass, 280 x 900 x 380 cm.

KölnSkulptur #8

Photo by Axel Schneider, Frankfurt a.M

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Lektor (speculum linguarum), 2014

multi-channel audio, plexiglass, speakers.

GFZK Leipzig

Photo by Johannes Ernst

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Wheat Mollah, 2011

wheat, cotton, brick, 35 x 45 x 25 cm

Sharjah Biennial 10

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Reverse Joy, 2012

public fountain, red pigment

Jerusalem Season of Culture

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Rahle for Richard, 2014

veneer on MDF, 56 x 110 x 180 cm 

slider

Before the Before, After the After, 2012

industrial foam, concrete, lacquer paint, 145 Ø x 72,5 cm (each). Secession Vienna.

Photo by Oliver Ottenschläger

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Not Moscow Not Mecca (installation view)

Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler Gallery, 2012

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Mirrors for Princes: Both Sides of the Tongue (installation view), NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, 2015

 

Nose Twister, 2014

veneer, faux leather, foam, paint 100 × 235 × 235 cm.

 

Mystical Protest, 2011

luminous paint on silk-screened fabric, fluorescent lights, 240 × 620 × 15 cm

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Bazm u Razm (joint 1), 2014

dichroic glass, wood, 50 x 90 x 45 cm

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Mirrors for Princes: Both Sides of the Tongue (installation view), NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, 2015

 

Sharp Eye (hazel), 2014

fibreglass, acrylic paint, polyester resin, 125 × 100 × 100 cm

 

Zulf (brunette), 2014

oak wood, hair,  82 × 50 × 30 cm

 

Sheikha, 2014

steel, textile, fans, 125 × 80 × 130 cm

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Mother Tongues and Father Throats, 2013

woolen yarn, 500 x 300 cm

Centre Pompidou

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Régions d’être, 2012

steel, lacquer paint, 200 x 400 x 47 cm

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Molla Nasreddin the antimodern, 2012

fibreglass, lacquer paint, steel, 157 x 165 x 88 cm

9th Gwangju Biennial

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Reverse Joy, 2012

MDF, tile, water pump, pigment, acrylic paint, ~ 80 x 241 x 241 cm

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Kitab Kebab (kapuscinski-orbeliani), 2012
books, metal skewered, ~ 100 x 50 x 50cm

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Hymns of No Resistance: Stuck in Ossetia with You, 2010; Armenian, 2014; Young Kurds, 2014; Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, 2014

gold foil on canvas, traditional marbled paper,

laser print, from 4 to 6 song sheets (each), 42 x 29,7 cm 

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The Naughty Nasals, 2014.

wood veneer, wheels, fabric, foam, various dimensions

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Larry nixed, Trachea trixed, 2015

screen print, silver mirror paper, 70 x 50 cm, ed. 100

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A Monobrow Manifesto, 2010

pvc, print, helium, 300 x 300 x 300 cm.

Frieze Sculpture Park, London

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A Monobrow Manifesto,  2010

pvc, print, helium, 300 x 300 x 300 cm. Frieze Sculpture Park, London

Frieze Sculpture Park, London

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Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz (installation view), 2011

Sharjah Biennale 10

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Never Give Up The Fruit, 2012
hand blown glass, electric fixture, bulb, wooden structure, approx. 135 x 200 x 320 cm.

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Dil be Del, 2014

bronze, silver acrylic paint, 10 x12 x 9 cm

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Language Arts (installation view), The Third Line, 2014

 

Love Letters No 2,4,8, 2013-2014

woolen yarn, ~ 250 x 250 cm (each)

 

Rahle for Richard, 2014

veneer on MDF, 56 x 110 x 180 cm

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Language Arts (installation view), The Third Line, 2014

 

Tranny Tease (pour Marcel), 2009-2014

vacuum formed plastic, acrylic paint, 64 x 91 cm (each)

 

Love Letters No 9, 2014

woolen yarn, ~ 250 x 250 cm 

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Both Sides of the Tongue (english), 2015

book, acrylic paint, framed, 21× 30 × 5 cm

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A Thirteenth Month Against Time, 2008

mimeograph print, offset hand-pasted color stickers,

stitched binding, in black case with white foiled print

21 x 28 x1 cm

Publications
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Mirrors for Princes, 2015

Offset print, 25 x 20 cm, 192 pages, color throughout, otabinding with, gloss laminated dust jacket and soft cover, Edition of 2 000

ISBN: 978-3-03764-407-2

Published by JRP|Ringier

To purchase click here

To download PDF click here 

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Khhhhhhh, 2012

Offset print, 31 x 23  cm, 64 pages, b&w and color throughout, glue binding with, gloss laminated soft cover

ISBN: 978-88-6749-009-7 (Mousse Publishing)

ISBN: 978-80-7027-249-7 (Moravian gallery in Brno).

Published by Mousse Publishing / Moravian Gallery, Brno

To purchase click here

To download PDF click here

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Friendship of Nations, 2013

Offset print, 26 x21 cm, 184 pages, color throughout, glue and stitched binding with, matte laminated soft cover in a transparent slip case, Edition of 1 500

ISBN: 978-1-906012-42-7

Published by Book Works / Sharjah Art Foundation. 

To purchase click here

To download PDF click here

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Molla Nasreddin : the magazine that would've, could've, should've, 2011

Offset print, 28 x 24 cm, 208 pages, color throughout, glue and stitched binding with, gloss laminated and black foil embossed soft cover, Edition of 1 700.

ISBN: 978-3-03764-212-2

Published by JRP|Ringier

Out of print

To download PDF click here

 

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Not Moscow, Not Mecca, 2012

Offset print, 31 x 23 x cm, 108 pages, color throughout, glue and stitched binding with, gloss laminated soft cover, Edition of 800

ISBN: 978-3-86895-219-3

Published by  Revolver Verlag /Secession

To purchase click here

To download PDF click here

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Naughty Nasals, 2014

Offset print, 31 x 23,3 cm, 80 pages, b&w and color throughout, glue binding with, gloss laminated soft cover, Edition of 500

ISBN: 978-83-89778-53-6

Published by Galeria Arsenał, Białystok

To download PDF click here

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79.89.09, 2011

Offset newspaper print, 42 x 30 cm, 44 pages, color throughout, unbound, Edition of 1500, designed by James Langdon

ISBN : 978-1-906012-35-9

Published by Book Works

To purchase click here

To download PDF click here

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Love Me, Love Me Not : Changed Names, 2010

Offset printing, 22.5 x 14 cm, 150 pages, black and white throughout, glue binding with gloss laminated soft cover, Edition of 250 numbered copies.

Published by Onestar Press

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To download PDF click here

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Kidnapping Mountains, 2009

Offset print, 26 x 20 cm, 96 pages, b&w and color throughout, glue and stitched binding with, gloss laminated soft cover, Edition of 1 250

ISBN: 978-1-906012-19-9

Published by Book Works. 

To purchase click here

To download PDF click here

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Mirrors for Princes, 2015

Offset print, 25 x 20 cm, 192 pages, color throughout, otabinding with, gloss laminated dust jacket and soft cover, Edition of 2 000

ISBN: 978-3-03764-407-2

Published by JRP|Ringier

To purchase click here

To download PDF click here 

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Khhhhhhh, 2012

Offset print, 31 x 23  cm, 64 pages, b&w and color throughout, glue binding with, gloss laminated soft cover

ISBN: 978-88-6749-009-7 (Mousse Publishing)

ISBN: 978-80-7027-249-7 (Moravian gallery in Brno).

Published by Mousse Publishing / Moravian Gallery, Brno

To purchase click here

To download PDF click here

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Friendship of Nations, 2013

Offset print, 26 x21 cm, 184 pages, color throughout, glue and stitched binding with, matte laminated soft cover in a transparent slip case, Edition of 1 500

ISBN: 978-1-906012-42-7

Published by Book Works / Sharjah Art Foundation. 

To purchase click here

To download PDF click here

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Molla Nasreddin : the magazine that would've, could've, should've, 2011

Offset print, 28 x 24 cm, 208 pages, color throughout, glue and stitched binding with, gloss laminated and black foil embossed soft cover, Edition of 1 700.

ISBN: 978-3-03764-212-2

Published by JRP|Ringier

Out of print

To download PDF click here

 

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Not Moscow, Not Mecca, 2012

Offset print, 31 x 23 x cm, 108 pages, color throughout, glue and stitched binding with, gloss laminated soft cover, Edition of 800

ISBN: 978-3-86895-219-3

Published by  Revolver Verlag /Secession

To purchase click here

To download PDF click here

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Naughty Nasals, 2014

Offset print, 31 x 23,3 cm, 80 pages, b&w and color throughout, glue binding with, gloss laminated soft cover, Edition of 500

ISBN: 978-83-89778-53-6

Published by Galeria Arsenał, Białystok

To download PDF click here

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79.89.09, 2011

Offset newspaper print, 42 x 30 cm, 44 pages, color throughout, unbound, Edition of 1500, designed by James Langdon

ISBN : 978-1-906012-35-9

Published by Book Works

To purchase click here

To download PDF click here

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Love Me, Love Me Not : Changed Names, 2010

Offset printing, 22.5 x 14 cm, 150 pages, black and white throughout, glue binding with gloss laminated soft cover, Edition of 250 numbered copies.

Published by Onestar Press

To purchase click here

To download PDF click here

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Kidnapping Mountains, 2009

Offset print, 26 x 20 cm, 96 pages, b&w and color throughout, glue and stitched binding with, gloss laminated soft cover, Edition of 1 250

ISBN: 978-1-906012-19-9

Published by Book Works. 

To purchase click here

To download PDF click here

Lecture-Performances
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79.89.09, lecture-performance, 50 min.

A look at two key modern moments – the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and Poland’s Solidarnosc movement in the 1980s – as bookends to the two major geopolitical narratives of the 20th and 21st century, respectively – Communism and political Islam.

Photo by Kolya Zverkov

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Molla Nasreddin: Embrace Your Antithesis, lecture-performance, 50 min.

Read by an audience that stretched from Morocco to India, political satire Molla Nasreddin was arguably the most important periodical of the Muslim world in the 20th century.  

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Al-Isnad or Chains We Can Believe In, lecture-performance, 50 min.

Through the unlikely perspective of Dan Flavin commissions for a Sufi mosque in downtown New York in the early 1980s, a story of patronage, faith-based practice and Russian Futurist Velimir Khlebnikov.

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Reverse Joy, lecture-performance, 50 min.

A reading of protest as metaphysics instead of politics, via Muharram, the yearly Shi’a commemoration of Hossein.

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The Tranny Tease, lecture-performance, 50 min.

An exploration of transliteration–the conversion of scripts–as a strategy of resistance and research into notions of identity politics, colonialism, and faith.

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I Utter Other, lecture-performance, 40 min.

From Poles in the service of the Tsar to Persian Presbyterians, the curious case of Slavic Orientalism in the Russian Empire and early USSR as a counterpoint to Saidian critique.

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79.89.09, lecture-performance, 50 min.

A look at two key modern moments – the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and Poland’s Solidarnosc movement in the 1980s – as bookends to the two major geopolitical narratives of the 20th and 21st century, respectively – Communism and political Islam.

Photo by Kolya Zverkov

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Molla Nasreddin: Embrace Your Antithesis, lecture-performance, 50 min.

Read by an audience that stretched from Morocco to India, political satire Molla Nasreddin was arguably the most important periodical of the Muslim world in the 20th century.  

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Al-Isnad or Chains We Can Believe In, lecture-performance, 50 min.

Through the unlikely perspective of Dan Flavin commissions for a Sufi mosque in downtown New York in the early 1980s, a story of patronage, faith-based practice and Russian Futurist Velimir Khlebnikov.

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Reverse Joy, lecture-performance, 50 min.

A reading of protest as metaphysics instead of politics, via Muharram, the yearly Shi’a commemoration of Hossein.

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The Tranny Tease, lecture-performance, 50 min.

An exploration of transliteration–the conversion of scripts–as a strategy of resistance and research into notions of identity politics, colonialism, and faith.

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I Utter Other, lecture-performance, 40 min.

From Poles in the service of the Tsar to Persian Presbyterians, the curious case of Slavic Orientalism in the Russian Empire and early USSR as a counterpoint to Saidian critique.

Biography

Founded in 2006, Slavs and Tatars mine the complexities and unexpected affinities across cultures through publications, lecture performances, and installations. Originally set up as an informal book-club, the collective explores a literary and political geography known as Eurasia, defined by themselves as “east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China”. 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. In this context, viewers are invited to perform the "metaphysical splits" by trying to accommodate conflicting ideas and sensations drawn from opposite ends of the cultural, religious, historical, or emotional spectrum. 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.

 

The subjects of Slavs and Tatars’ lecture performances include transliteration as language in drag, Slavic Orientalism and the metaphysics of protest. These works have been presented extensively at leading universities, museums, and institutions. Books by Slavs and Tatars include Mirrors for Princes (NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery and JRP-Ringier, 2015), Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz (Book Works, 2013), Khhhhhhh (Mousse/Moravia Gallery, 2012), Not Moscow Not Mecca (Revolver/Secession, 2012), Love Me, Love Me Not: Changed Names (onestar press, 2010), Kidnapping Mountains (Book Works, 2009), as well as their translation of the legendary Azeri satire Molla Nasreddin: the magazine that would’ve, could’ve, should’ve (JRP | Ringier, 2011).

Slavs and Tatars have exhibited across the Middle East, Europe and North America at institutions including the Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, Istanbul Modern, 10th Sharjah, 8th Berlin, 3rd Thessaloniki and 9th Gwangju Biennials. Select solo engagements include MoMA, NY (2012), Secession, Vienna (2012), Dallas Museum of Art (2014), Kunsthalle Zurich (2014), and NYU Abu Dhabi (2015).

 

Slavs and Tatars were nominated for the 2015 German Nationalgalerie Preis.

Exhibitions
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8 September - 22 October 2016
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Blaffer Art Museum, Houston
January 15 - March 19, 2016
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Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark
December 9, 2015 - March 6, 2016
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Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
October 24 - December 20, 2015
Publications