A preposition is a word explaining a relation to another word. And per­haps no preposition is as cen­tral to Slavs and Tatars’ specific cosmology as the word ‘from,’ given our interest in historiography, research, and genealogy. The preposition ‘from’ also indul­ges our anti-​modernist posture—facing the past but moving for­ward towards the present, like Molla Nasred­din, the 13th cen­tury Sufi wise-man-cum-fool, often depic­ted riding bac­kwards on his donkey.

Literally ‘from’ in several Slavic lan­guages, the preposition Ѿ or ot used to exist in old Church Slavonic as a Cyril­lic letter unto itself. OPP tries to restore this ligaturial luxury—a com­bination of the Greek Omega and Theta—through a meditation on the preposition’s more car­nivalesque tenor.

 


Slavs and Tatars
Other Peoples’ Prepositions

2013
glass, steel, LED light, 112 x 45 x 45 cm, ed. 3 + 1 AP