Slavs and Tatars exhibition at REDCAT reviewed
March 11, 2013
Reverse Optimism: Slavs and Tatars Brings Its Collective Irony to L.A.'s REDCAT
By Fionn Meade
The founding narrative of the artist collective Slavs and Tatars is a well-branded dictum that precedes each of its projects, setting up a scenography of production and presentation replete with multiple entrances and exits. Begun in 2005, Slavs and Tatars describes its members as “a faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin wall and west of the Great Wall of China.” Initially a reading group, the collective now orbits around two central members who wish to remain anonymous, while the retinue can expand and contract to include others in response to a given project.