The artists’ collective Slavs and Tatars investigates reciprocal relationships between supposedly disparate cultural spheres. In its research-based works, it focuses on the “region east of the Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia” where Slavic, Caucasian and Central Asian influences intermingle. The installations, lecture performances, public interventions and artist’s books produced by Slavs and Tatars address such issues as faith, tradition and intercultural understanding and their respective political dimensions.
By staging the most comprehensive solo exhibition of works by this artists’ collective ever, the Albertinum in Dresden hopes to burnish its reputation as a museum of contemporary art. The significance of language, foreignness and cultural translation are central themes in the exhibition. The holdings of the Dresden State Art Collections (SKD), as well as the geographic proximity to Poland and the Czech Republic, offer additional points of reference for a new work currently in development. Slavs and Tatars will present their works at venues that highlight the global dimension in the local and make the past visible in the present, e.g. at the Dresden Damascus Room, the Ethnographical Museum, the Museum of Decorative Arts and the Green Vault. The lecture performances will be staged at various locations in Dresden and the SKD museums, followed by discussion events with experts and the public. The programme will be supplemented by a live musical act and a Czech-German youth competition.
Artistic director: Kathleen Reinhardt
Artists: Slavs and Tatars