A solo exhibition by collective Slavs and Tatars, Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz, is on view until April 30, 2023, at the MHKA, Antwerp.
The new exhibition is devoted to the grey areas of the imagination—religious fervour and visions arising from an excess of metaphysical stimuli or, on the contrary, from a scarcity of such stimuli and a longing for spirituality in a world dominated by the economics of everyday pragmatism.
For their second show at Raster, the Slavs and Tatars collective presents an installation in the form of a pickle-juice bar. The title Society of Rascals (Towarzystwo Szubrawców) was drawn from the name of a now-forgotten literary society of 19th-century Vilnius, famous for its heavily ironic, caustic displays of satire that stood counter to the self-important stance of the romantics, their soothsaying and exalted engagement in the nationalist discourse. The pickled juices served by the artists along with provocative lexical gymnastics are meant to suggest an antidote for the pathos of Polish patriotism, while also expressing their own soured regard for any politics based on the oppositional binary of us-versus-them.
One of the biggest solo exhibitions by Slavs and Tatars so far – Mirrors For Princes – in Abu Dhabi’s NYU Art Gallery.
EXHIBITIONS IN POLAND
Slavs and Tatars presents exhibition “Long-legged linguistics. The Naughty Nasals” in Arsenal Gallery in Białystok.