Bicephalic Flag, Slavs and Tatars, 2018. Courtesy the artist; Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin.
curated by Emanuele Guidi
19/05/ – 28/07/2018
Opening program: 18/05/2018 6 pm Lecture-Performance at the Freie Universität Bozen – Faculty of Design and Arts D1.01, Bolzano
Vernissage: 18/05/2018 7.30 pm
19/05/2018 11 am Matinée with Slavs and Tatars at ar/ge kunst
For the opening of Kirchgängerbanger, the first solo exhibition in Italy by the Berlin-based collective Slavs and Tatars curated by Emanuele Guidi, ar/ge kunst organizes a two day introductory programme that unfolds around the three main activities of the artists’ practice: exhibitions, books and lecture performances.
Slavs and Tatars established themselves as a ‘book club’ in 2006 and since then their research has continued to echo and expand the act of reading through a mise en circulation of histories reaching from the ‘area of east of the former Berlin wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia’.
As true bibliophiles and storytellers, the artists draw from the territory of this broad poetic and geopolitical region and resuscitate forgotten figures, pre-modern rituals, myths and traditions, interweaving them with ‘high’ and popular culture; a gesture that challenges our current modes of thought and its perimeters of knowledge.
Their syncretic attitude emerges through discourse and objects of various nature, where language always play a major role in stitching together apparently far-away ideas, stories and cultures; a sensuous and affective approach to knowledge that operates by making cracks and gaps of history visible.
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39100 Bolzano, Italy