Slavs and Tatars

 

Love Letters (No. 7) 2014
Woollen Yarn
2470 x 2470 x 5 mm
Number 2 in an edition of 3 plus 1 artists’ proof

 

 

Art collective Slavs and Tatars 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 organised as a reading group in 2006, Slavs and Tatars 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, library-like installations where visitors may consider their publications.