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Slavs and Tatars

Crossing #12 - (The Hierophant) – POSTPONED
23 August 2022 / 7–9 pm CEST

Slavs and Tatars, Molla Nasreddin the antimodern

Red-Black Thread
public lecture by artist collective Slavs and Tatars

Slavs and Tatars' touring lecture explores the construction of black identity, not from the traditional Anglophone and Francophone worlds of the Atlantic but rather from the Russophone idiom of imperial Russia and the Soviet Union. Focusing on Claude McKay and Langston Hughes, amongst others, the lecture looks at the experience of labour, race, and especially sexuality from a shared Russian/Soviet and African-American perspective, in order to better understand failed promises of conviviality and co-existence.

All events are in English language. Free admission. You can find the live stream on our YouTube channel:
Slavs and Tatars is an internationally renowned art collective devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China, known as Eurasia. Since its inception in 2006, the collective has shown a keen grasp of polemical issues in society, clearing new paths for contemporary discourse via a wholly idiosyncratic form of knowledge production, including popular culture, spiritual and esoteric traditions, oral histories and modern myths, as well as scholarly research. The collective’s practice is based on three activities: exhibitions, publications and lecture-performances. The collective has published more than twelve books to date, including most recently The Contest of the Fruits (MIT Press, 2021) as well as a translation of the legendary Azerbaijani satirical periodical Molla Nasreddin (currently in its 2nd edition with I.B Tauris, 2017). In addition to launching a residency and mentorship programme in 2018 for young professionals from their region, Slavs and Tatars opened Pickle Bar, a slavic aperitivo bar-cum-project space a few doors down from their studio in Moabit, Berlin.