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Slavs and Tatars

Лук Бук (Look Book)

period: 02.07.2022 → 02.10.2022

With Лук Бук (Look Book), the Frans Masereel Centrum is presenting for the first time a long-awaited overview of the printed work of the internationally acclaimed artist collective Slavs and Tatars.

Slavs and Tatars emerged in 2006 as an informal reading club with a specific focus on the area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China. Today their artistic practice includes sculptures, installations, films and lecture-performances which they use to explore lesser-known similarities to be found in the mix of languages, belief systems, traditions and rituals among peoples of the Caucasus, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Their work cleverly connects mutually exclusive conceptions while showing how alleged cultural oppositions are often the result of oversimplification.

The interest of Slavs and Tatars for printed matter has remained an important constant over the past fifteen years. Posters, flyers, publications, editions and printed objects therefore play a central role in the development of their research practice and often form the basis of a variety of projects that only later take shape in, for example, monumental installations.

The exhibition shows a cross section of their printed matter, which has the unique ability to bring together the humour, scientific research and generosity of spirit that are so characteristic of the collective. Central notions such as hospitality and collective experience feature in the exhibition, for example, in a brand-new River Bed, based on an Iranian ‘takht’ (sofa or long bench), a place on which to read or take a break together. Children will also find a place for themselves within the welcoming universe of Slavs and Tatars, which has room for the disarming power of humour.

The accompanying overview publication is a co-production between Distanz Verlag, Berlin and Frans Masereel Centrum, in collaboration with Hacer Noche, Oaxaca and MGLC, Ljubljana.

On the occasion of this retrospective, Slavs and Tatars also produced three new editions, which will be available in limited numbers in our bookshop. Several other editions are available through the website of the artist collective.

IN PRACTICE

  • 02.07.2022 > 02.10.2022
  • Open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from 13:00 to 17:00
  • Free entrance
  • The overview publication Look Book will be available in our bookshop this Summer.
  • Children can take part in a fun quest in collaboration with VLIEG (from July 2nd to August 28th)

OPENING 02.07.2022

An exceptional exhibition deserves an exceptional program and audience! Besides guided walks by Slavs and Tatars through the exhibition (starting at 14:30), there will be a live DJ performance by Lutto Lento (16:00), music by Universal Exports and a culinary workshop by Yuliya Sorokina (throughout the day).

Welcome from 14:00 to 18:00!

ACCESSIBILITY

Please note: during the opening on July 2nd, the Frans Masereel Center can be accessed only through the side entrance located on Steendrukstraat. Please use the spacious parking lot at the intersection Masereeldijk – Heiblok, from where it is a 200-metre walk.

map

GUIDED TOURS

  • Guided tours for groups are possible upon request: a guide takes you on a 60 minute tour through the exhibition as well as the center itself. For groups up to 16 people. Mail to info [at] fransmasereelcentrum [dot] be

BOOK LAUNCH

  • Keep an eye on this page for more info about the book presentation!

With Лук Бук (Look Book), the Frans Masereel Centrum is presenting for the first time a long-awaited overview of the printed work of the internationally acclaimed artist collective Slavs and Tatars.

Slavs and Tatars emerged in 2006 as an informal reading club with a specific focus on the area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China. Today their artistic practice includes sculptures, installations, films and lecture-performances which they use to explore lesser-known similarities to be found in the mix of languages, belief systems, traditions and rituals among peoples of the Caucasus, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Their work cleverly connects mutually exclusive conceptions while showing how alleged cultural oppositions are often the result of oversimplification.

The interest of Slavs and Tatars for printed matter has remained an important constant over the past fifteen years. Posters, flyers, publications, editions and printed objects therefore play a central role in the development of their research practice and often form the basis of a variety of projects that only later take shape in, for example, monumental installations.

The exhibition shows a cross section of their printed matter, which has the unique ability to bring together the humour, scientific research and generosity of spirit that are so characteristic of the collective. Central notions such as hospitality and collective experience feature in the exhibition, for example, in a brand-new River Bed, based on an Iranian ‘takht’ (sofa or long bench), a place on which to read or take a break together. Children will also find a place for themselves within the welcoming universe of Slavs and Tatars, which has room for the disarming power of humour.

The accompanying overview publication is a co-production between Distanz Verlag, Berlin and Frans Masereel Centrum, in collaboration with Hacer Noche, Oaxaca and MGLC, Ljubljana.

On the occasion of this retrospective, Slavs and Tatars also produced three new editions, which will be available in limited numbers in our bookshop. Several other editions are available through the website of the artist collective.

IN PRACTICE

  • 02.07.2022 > 02.10.2022
  • Open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from 13:00 to 17:00
  • Free entrance
  • The overview publication Look Book will be available in our bookshop this Summer.
  • Children can take part in a fun quest in collaboration with VLIEG (from July 2nd to August 28th)

OPENING 02.07.2022

An exceptional exhibition deserves an exceptional program and audience! Besides guided walks by Slavs and Tatars through the exhibition (starting at 14:30), there will be a live DJ performance by Lutto Lento (16:00), music by Universal Exports and a culinary workshop by Yuliya Sorokina (throughout the day).

Welcome from 14:00 to 18:00!

ACCESSIBILITY

Please note: during the opening on July 2nd, the Frans Masereel Center can be accessed only through the side entrance located on Steendrukstraat. Please use the spacious parking lot at the intersection Masereeldijk – Heiblok, from where it is a 200-metre walk.

map

GUIDED TOURS

  • Guided tours for groups are possible upon request: a guide takes you on a 60 minute tour through the exhibition as well as the center itself. For groups up to 16 people. Mail to info [at] fransmasereelcentrum [dot] be

BOOK LAUNCH

  • Keep an eye on this page for more info about the book presentation!
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