Slavs and Tatars’ mid-career survey “Mouth to Mouth” has been traveling the world since 2016 and is now presented at Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) in Vilnius. After being shown at Ujazdowski Castle CCA in Warsaw, Pejman Foundation in Tehran, and SALT Galata in Istanbul, and addressing issues such as cultural translation, shared linguistic heritage, and mysticism in contemporary societies, it now features a new angle thanks to its curator, Monika Lipšic.
The CAC presentation especially highlights the collective’s new cycle of works called Pickle Politics, that draws inspiration from the 19th century literary movement in Vilnius University circles, called “Towarzystwo Szubrawcow” (The Society of Rascals). This body of work brings together the regional histories of the Lithuanian-Polish Commonwealth period and local communities like Karaites; the anti-rabbinnical sect of Judaism today living in the territories of Lithuania, Poland and Crimea. The once famous cucumber used for pickling, Ogórek Trocki (Trakai Cucumber), was lost forever but the politics could well be seen through the lens of fermentation.
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