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Free Parking Art Libraries from Elsewhere No. 2: Slavs and Tatars 2–28 November 2015


Free Parking: Art Libraries from Elsewhere No. 2: Slavs and Tatars Free Parking: Art Libraries from Elsewhere is a programme including a series of exhibitions located in the Asia Art Archive library that features 'art libraries from elsewhere' in conversation with the AAA collection in Hong Kong. From 2–28 November 2015, for the second iteration of the programme, Slavs and Tatars exhibit artist books, publications, and select material from their personal library (as part of their AAA residency). These represent the core of how the collective began and are essential to informing the artists' ongoing research and experimental artwork. Inserting poetic forms of political resistance into conventional narratives, Slavs and Tatars lodge doubt into fixed histories to release the potential for alternatives.

Books List Image: Slavs and Tatars, Kitab Kebab (Mystics, Commissars, Idiots), 2013. Courtesy of Slavs and Tatars. Photo: Kitmin Lee 2015.

Print and publications are central to Slavs and Tatars' practice: founded as an informal reading group in 2006, the collective has since edited, written, or translated seven books to date. Unlike the traditional role a book occupies, either as documentation (e.g. the catalogue) or piece unto itself (e.g. the art or artist book), Slavs and Tatars' books act as platforms for their various lines of enquiry and research: be it language politics, syncretism in faith, or satire in the Caucasus. The exhibition is organised as part of Slavs and Tatars' AAA residency examining Chinese Muslim simultaneity through the translation and reception of Islam in China. Muslims have been present in China since the 8th century, with 'turbaned' advisors present at most imperial courts since the Tang dynasty. Accompanied by a series of texts known as the Han Kitab, Islam, known as ‘the Western philosophy’, was translated into a neoConfucian idiom by such scholars as Liu Zhi and Wang Tai-yu. The first such translation into a foreign intellectual tradition, this parallels the experience of modern Islam in the West. —Slavs and Tatars

79.89.09 (Eastside Projects/Book Works, 2011) Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi'ite Showbiz (Book Works, 2013) Khhhhhhh (Mousse/Moravia Gallery, 2012) Kidnapping Mountains (Book Works, 2009) Mirrors for Princes (JRP | Ringier/NYU Abu Dhabi, 2015) Molla Nasreddin: the magazine that would've, could've, should've (JRP-Ringier, 2011) Naughty Nasals (Galeria Arsenał, Bialystok, 2014) Not Moscow Not Mecca (Revolver/Secession, 2012)

Slavs and Tatars is a faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia. The collective's work spans several media, disciplines, and a broad spectrum of cultural registers (high and low). The collective's practice consists primarily of three activities: exhibitions, publications, and lectureperformances.


Free Parking: Art Libraries from Elsewhere No. 2: Slavs and Tatars Free Parking: Art Libraries from Elsewhere is a programme including a series of exhibitions located in the Asia Art Archive library that features 'art libraries from elsewhere' in conversation with the AAA collection in Hong Kong. From 2–28 November 2015, for the second iteration of the programme, Slavs and Tatars exhibit artist books, publications, and select material from their personal library (as part of their AAA residency). These represent the core of how the collective began and are essential to informing the artists' ongoing research and experimental artwork. Inserting poetic forms of political resistance into conventional narratives, Slavs and Tatars lodge doubt into fixed histories to release the potential for alternatives.

Books List Image: Slavs and Tatars, Kitab Kebab (Mystics, Commissars, Idiots), 2013. Courtesy of Slavs and Tatars. Photo: Kitmin Lee 2015.

Print and publications are central to Slavs and Tatars' practice: founded as an informal reading group in 2006, the collective has since edited, written, or translated seven books to date. Unlike the traditional role a book occupies, either as documentation (e.g. the catalogue) or piece unto itself (e.g. the art or artist book), Slavs and Tatars' books act as platforms for their various lines of enquiry and research: be it language politics, syncretism in faith, or satire in the Caucasus. The exhibition is organised as part of Slavs and Tatars' AAA residency examining Chinese Muslim simultaneity through the translation and reception of Islam in China. Muslims have been present in China since the 8th century, with 'turbaned' advisors present at most imperial courts since the Tang dynasty. Accompanied by a series of texts known as the Han Kitab, Islam, known as ‘the Western philosophy’, was translated into a neoConfucian idiom by such scholars as Liu Zhi and Wang Tai-yu. The first such translation into a foreign intellectual tradition, this parallels the experience of modern Islam in the West. —Slavs and Tatars

79.89.09 (Eastside Projects/Book Works, 2011) Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi'ite Showbiz (Book Works, 2013) Khhhhhhh (Mousse/Moravia Gallery, 2012) Kidnapping Mountains (Book Works, 2009) Mirrors for Princes (JRP | Ringier/NYU Abu Dhabi, 2015) Molla Nasreddin: the magazine that would've, could've, should've (JRP-Ringier, 2011) Naughty Nasals (Galeria Arsenał, Bialystok, 2014) Not Moscow Not Mecca (Revolver/Secession, 2012)

Slavs and Tatars is a faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia. The collective's work spans several media, disciplines, and a broad spectrum of cultural registers (high and low). The collective's practice consists primarily of three activities: exhibitions, publications, and lectureperformances.


Image: Installation view of 'Free Parking: Art Libraries from Elsewhere | Slavs and Tatars' exhibition at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong, 2–28 November 2015. Photo: Kitmin Lee 2015.


Image: Installation view of 'Free Parking: Art Libraries from Elsewhere | Slavs and Tatars' exhibition at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong, 2–28 November 2015. Photo: Kitmin Lee 2015.


Free Parking: Art Libraries from Elsewhere No. 2: Slavs and Tatars 2–28 November 2015 Berlin-based collective Slavs and Tatars investigate 'the translation of Islam into China and Confucianism' during their research residency with AAA intermittently from October 2015 through December 2016, and exhibit their own reference books alongside art and ephemera for the Free Parking: Art Libraries from Elsewhere programme series in the AAA Library. Slavs and Tatars is a faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia. The collective's work spans several media, disciplines, and a broad spectrum of cultural registers (high and low). The collective's practice consists primarily of three activities: exhibitions, publications, and lectureperformances.

Special Thanks: Anastasia Marukhina Organiser & Brochure Design: Ingrid Chu, AAA Public Programmes Curator Photography: Kitmin Lee Images: Courtesy of Asia Art Archive unless otherwise noted Presented By: Asia Art Archive 11/F Hollywood Centre 233 Hollywood Road Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Images: Detail of 'Free Parking: Art Libraries from Elsewhere l Slavs and Tatars' exhibition at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong, 2–28 November 2015. Photo: Kitmin Lee 2015.

Tel +852 2844 1112 info@aaa.org.hk www.aaa.org.hk #AsiaArtArchive

All events will be closed when Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above is hoisted or a Black Rainstorm Warning is in force.


Free Parking: Art Libraries from Elsewhere No. 2: Slavs and Tatars 2–28 November 2015 Berlin-based collective Slavs and Tatars investigate 'the translation of Islam into China and Confucianism' during their research residency with AAA intermittently from October 2015 through December 2016, and exhibit their own reference books alongside art and ephemera for the Free Parking: Art Libraries from Elsewhere programme series in the AAA Library. Slavs and Tatars is a faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia. The collective's work spans several media, disciplines, and a broad spectrum of cultural registers (high and low). The collective's practice consists primarily of three activities: exhibitions, publications, and lectureperformances.

Special Thanks: Anastasia Marukhina Organiser & Brochure Design: Ingrid Chu, AAA Public Programmes Curator Photography: Kitmin Lee Images: Courtesy of Asia Art Archive unless otherwise noted Presented By: Asia Art Archive 11/F Hollywood Centre 233 Hollywood Road Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Images: Detail of 'Free Parking: Art Libraries from Elsewhere l Slavs and Tatars' exhibition at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong, 2–28 November 2015. Photo: Kitmin Lee 2015.

Tel +852 2844 1112 info@aaa.org.hk www.aaa.org.hk #AsiaArtArchive

All events will be closed when Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above is hoisted or a Black Rainstorm Warning is in force.


Free Parking Art Libraries from Elsewhere No. 2: Slavs and Tatars 2–28 November 2015


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