We are really excited that Slavs and Tatars will be presenting their latest publication, Molla Nasreddin: The Magazine that Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve. Molla Nasreddin is a new book examining the history of the legendary Azeribaijani periodical, which was arguably the most important Muslim satirical political magazine of the 20th century. Featuring illustrations reminiscent of a Caucasus Daumier, Molla Nasreddin was read by an audience that stretched from Morocco to Iran, and addressed issues such as gender equality, education, Western involvement in Arab affairs, and Islam’s integration of modernity – all of which are as relevant and pressing to today’s global audience as when the magazine was first published a century ago.
For the book’s UK launch, Slavs and Tatars will present Molla Nasreddin: Embrace Your Antithesis, including: a discussion of the book’s historical context; a case study of the complex Caucasus region; and the issue of self-censorship both then and now. Guests will be offered their choice of red or white tea, in a reference to the two major geopolitical narratives of the 20th and 21st centuries, Communism and Islam, between which Slavs and Tatars and Molla Nasreddin navigate.
See here for an interview that Resonance fm’s Six Pillars to Persia recorded with the Slavs and Tatars at the Sharjah Biennial earlier this year: http://podcasts.resonancefm.com/archives/7309 (thanks Fari Bradley!!!)
Slavs and Tatars is a faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall in Germany and west of the Great Wall of China, known as Eurasia. Their Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz was recently presented at the 10th Sharjah Biennial and they are currently working on exhibitions at Secession Vienna and Künstlerhaus Stuttgart scheduled to open in 2012.