Visiting Artist's Talk — Slavs and Tartars

For this week's Visiting Artist's Talk (VAT), we welcome art collective Slavs and Tartars.

Slavs and Tatars is an internationally-renowned art collective devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia. Their work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Salt (Istanbul), Vienna Secession, Kunsthalle Zurich, Albertinum (Dresden) and Ujazdowski Centre for Contemporary Art (Warsaw), among others.

The collective’s practice is based on three activities: exhibitions, publications and lecture-performances. In addition to their translation of the legendary Azerbaijani satirical periodical Molla Nasreddin (currently in its 2nd edition with I.B Tauris), Slavs and Tatars have published more than ten books to date, most recently Wripped Scripped (Hatje Cantz, 2018) on the politics of alphabets and transliteration.

The Visiting Artists' Talks (VAT) series for 2020/21 will welcome eighteen guests across two semesters to join us live via Teams every Monday afternoon during teaching weeks.

Each session brings an arts professional to talk with us (as a community) about what they do and why, and to chat with the student body honestly about their career journey and interests.

All of our talks are compulsory for our Fine Art students but open to anyone else who would like to join us.

To request a link for this talk, please email Nick Thurston by 1pm on 9 November.


Slavs and Tatars, Molla Nasreddin the Antimodern (2012). Fibreglass, lacquer paint, steel, 180 × 180 × 80 cm.