Long Legged Linguistics

    A traditional kebab skewer pierces through a selection of Slavs and Tatars’ books. The work is positioned on an illuminating surface in a dark interior.

    Kitab Kebab, 2013 (installation view)
    Photo by Orestis Argyropoulos

    20.07 — 15.10.2013
    Art Space Pythagorion, Pythagorion, Samos


    Slavs and Tatars

    Slavs and Tatars is an art collective whose installations, lecture-performances, publications and artist multiples contemplate otherwise little-known affinities, syncretic ideas, belief systems and rituals among peoples of the Caucasus, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Pursuing an unconventional research-based approach, the group identifies the “area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia” as the focus of their multidisciplinary practice.

    Their projects address the transmission and hybridization of traditions, politics and language within the region while negotiating expansive topics such as the fall of Communism, the Iranian Revolution, and nationhood within the Caucasus, to name a few. Associating incompatible and contradictory themes and forms, they proceed with an irreverent approach—deploying wit and wordplay to gain entry into otherwise complex and often incendiary subjects. To communicate the many threads of their inquiry, the collective creates inviting environments where visitors can linger and experience the art objects, which themselves draw upon a wide range of sources, including regional craft traditions and pop-art.

    The Children Of Marx And Kumis 1
    Text by Yoel Regev and Masha Shtutman


    Kumis is a fermented dairy product traditionally made from mare’s milk similar to kefir. The drink is common among the Huno-Bulgar, Turkic and Mongol peoples of the former Soviet Central Asian steppes.

    Arming themselves with an acute sense of indeterminacy, the modern science of revolution and the materialist appropriation of mystical practices, the collective Slavs and Tatars is one of the principal factions in a struggle for a truly materialist, revolutionary art. They have landed on the surface of a planet whose name we still do not know. What we do know, however, is that the key to the future of radical, emancipatory politics—as well as knowledge—depends on its successful colonization.

    Exhibition guides

      • Yiannis Arvanitisexhibition guide
      • Orestis Argyropoulosexhibition guide
      • Marianna Christofexhibition guide
      • Dennis Bugdollexhibition guide
      • Michelangelo Corsaroexhibition guide
    • Thursday, August 6

      Panel Discussion Long Legged Linguistics

      • Ilker Aytürk Professor of Political Science
      • Adnan YıldızArtistic Director of the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart
      • Marina FokidisCurator
      • Konstantinos Tsitselikis Professor at the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies
      • Slavs and TatarsArtist' collective
    Public in Art Space Pythagorion's main hall seating on chairs in front of the hall's window with a view to the sea looking at a group of speakers seating at a long grey table.
    A group of speakers is seating at a grey table. A man in the middle is talking to the microphone in front of him while others are smiling.


    Exhibition Brochure

    • Long Legged Linguistics Booklet

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