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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Slavs and Tatars

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Slavs and Tatars is a collective of artists who identify “the area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China”—a vast landmass where Europe and Asia merge—as the focus of their work. First organized as a reading group in 2006, the group has lived and traveled in the region, which has been realigning itself since the collapse of Soviet Communism and has experienced escalating tensions between Eastern and Western identities—here, populations, allegiances, and languages are all in transition. In exploring the area’s expansive historical narratives and transnational relationships, Slavs and Tatars forgoes a strictly analytical stance for something more associative, intimate, and playful. Their projects stage unlikely combinations of mediums, cultural references, and modes of address; books and printed matter figure prominently in their work, as do contemplative, librarylike installations where visitors may consider their publications. 

Slavs and Tatars has had solo exhibitions at major institutions including MoMA, NY; Secession, Vienna; REDCAT, Los Angeles; and upcoming solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Zurich, Dallas Museum of Art, and GfZK, Leipzig. Group exhibitions include Centre Pompidou, Paris; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Palais de Beaux Arts, Paris; Tate Modern, London; Salt, Istanbul; Istanbul Modern, Istanbul; and 10th Sharjah, 3rd Mercosul, and 9th Gwangju Biennials, and the upcoming Whitney Biennial and Berlin Biennale in 2014.

Slavs and Tatars has published Kidnapping Mountains (Book Works, 2009), Love Me, Love Me Not: Changed Names  (onestar press, 2010),  Not Moscow Not Mecca (Revolver/Secession, 2012), Khhhhhhh (Mousse/Moravia Gallery, 2012) as well as their translation of the legendary Azeri satire Molla Nasreddin: the magazine that would've, could've, should've (JRP-Ringier, 2011); and most recently Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz (Bookworks/Sharjah Art Foundation, 2013).

Their works are in 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.

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Featured Artworks

Long Live Long Live (From the Friendship of Nations Series) by Slavs and Tatars contemporary artwork
Slavs and TatarsLong Live Long Live (From the Friendship of Nations Series), 2011 Textile on fabric. Installation view, Sharjah Biennale 2011
120 x 200 cm
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Mystical Protest (Muharram) by Slavs and Tatars contemporary artwork
Slavs and TatarsMystical Protest (Muharram), 2011 Paint on silk-screened fabric, fluorescent lights
240 x 620 cm
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Salamoia by Slavs and Tatars contemporary artwork
Slavs and TatarsSalamoia, 2019 Resin, water cooler
170 x 40 x 40 cm
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PraySway (brown) by Slavs and Tatars contemporary artwork
Slavs and TatarsPraySway (brown), 2015 Wood, steel and rope
370 x 77 x 14 cm
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Salamoia by Slavs and Tatars contemporary artwork
Slavs and TatarsSalamoia, 2019 Resin, water cooler
170 x 40 x 40 cm
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Love Me, Love Me Not by Slavs and Tatars contemporary artwork
Slavs and TatarsLove Me, Love Me Not, 2019 Copper mirror reverse glass and acrylic paint
80 x 60 cm
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Long Live Long Live by Slavs and Tatars contemporary artwork
Slavs and TatarsLong Live Long Live, 2011 Embroidery, synthetic velvet cotton
200 x 100 cm
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Molla Nasreddin the Antimodern by Slavs and Tatars contemporary artwork
Slavs and TatarsMolla Nasreddin the Antimodern, 2012 Fibreglass, lacquer paint, steel
180 x 180 x 80 cm
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Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, I Will See It, When I Believe It at The Third Line, Dubai
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15 May–25 July 2019 Group Exhibition I Will See It, When I Believe It The Third Line, Dubai

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One belt, one road, one  biennale: Yinchuan's stand against cultural desertification Ocula Report One belt, one road, one biennale: Yinchuan's stand against cultural desertification 1 Nov 2016 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

Over 70 artists from 33 countries are represented in the inaugural Yinchuan Biennale, which opened amidst scandal on 9 September 2016. Not included is a work by Ai Weiwei, who was invited to take part alongside other art stars Yoko Ono and Anish Kapoor before being disinvited just weeks before the opening.In a tweet, Ai connects the...

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Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh Ocula Conversation Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh Executive Directors, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

Having held the dual role of co-directors of Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art (IMA) for almost two years, Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh have shaken up the city’s contemporary art landscape. The unprecedented formulation of a joint vocation of director and curator shared between two people saw two outsiders hailing from Canada and...

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Slavs And Tatars Ocula Conversation Slavs And Tatars Art Collective, Eurasia

Slavs and Tatars is a collective that represents, in their own words, a “faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia.” The collective works across media, disciplines, and to quote the artists, “a broad spectrum of cultural registers...

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Antonia Carver Ocula Conversation Antonia Carver Fair Director, Art Dubai

Antonia Carver became Fair Director of Art Dubai in August 2010. A long term advocate for contemporary Middle Eastern Art, she has written extensively on Middle Eastern art and film, as a correspondent for The Art Newspaper and Screen International, among other publications. Antonia joined the renowned Middle Eastern arts organisation, Bidoun,...

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In Related Press

How Important is Art as a Form of Protest? Related Press How Important is Art as a Form of Protest? Frieze : 3 April 2017

Given the current political climate, we here at frieze have been reflecting on the role of art in responding to conflict. With this in mind, we invited a cross-section of artists, curators and writers to answer two deceptively simple questions: ‘How important is art as a form of protest?’ and ‘How effective is it as a conduit of change?’ Responses...

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'Slavs and Tatars: Mouth to Mouth' at Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw Related Press 'Slavs and Tatars: Mouth to Mouth' at Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw Art Radar Journal : 13 January 2017

In his 1962 treatise How to Do Things With Words, the British philosopher of language, J.L. Austin defined a performative utterance as statements that do not describe nor report, and are neither true nor false but induce an action itself in their utterance. For Austin, these 'speech acts' ranged from the ceremonial (weddings) to the legal...

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5 international biennials and triennials not to miss around Asia in Fall 2016 Related Press 5 international biennials and triennials not to miss around Asia in Fall 2016 Art Radar Journal : 31 August 2016

From the 7th edition of Korea’s Busan Biennale to Japan’s new Triennial the Okayama Art Summit, these five international events will provide thoughtful reflection on new and refreshing curatorial practices in the context of the Biennale infrastructure.

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China’s Yinchuan City to host its first biennale in September 2016 Related Press China’s Yinchuan City to host its first biennale in September 2016 e-flux : 1 June 2016

Madam Liu, Director of Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan (MOCA Yinchuan), announced today that the museum will hold its first biennale. To be curated by internationally acclaimed artist, curator and co-founder of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Bose Krishnamachari, the exhibition will be held from September 9 to December 18, 2016 on the premises of MOCA...

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