At the center of the “Movaland” exhibition in Minsk is the installation PrayWay, which plays on the traditional reading stand for sacred texts and a vernacular seating structure found in teahouses. The sound installation Lektor, based on a Turkic mirrors for prince text, or advice literature for future rulers, uses a voice-over translation reminiscent of late socialism. The overlapping of several languages creates an inadvertent space of hospitality via issues of multilingualism, respect and representation. Slavs and Tatars’ work captivates with humor, language jokes and sensual design that transports visitors in time and space.
The exhibition coincides with an inaugural residency and mentorship program at the Slavs and Tatars studio in Berlin. Artists, curators, and practitioners from Belarus participate in the studio’s multiplatform practice, gaining invaluable experience and mentorship for their own individual work.
An accompanying public program spread throughout the city involves diverse audiences and communities in Minsk.