Slavs and Tatars
Kalfayan Galleries, 11 Haritos Street, Kolonaki, Athens
Opening: Thursday, 28 September 2017, 20.00 – 22.00
Duration: 28 September – 27 October 2017
Opening Hours: Monday, 11.00-15.00 |Tuesday – Friday 11.00 – 19.00| Saturday 11.00 –
Kalfayan Galleries are pleased to present in the Athens gallery the first gallery solo exhibition in Greece of the art collective Slavs and Tatars. Titled “E-Z Chasm”, the show opens on Thursday, 28 th of September 2017, 20.00 – 22.00.
For Slavs and Tatars’ first show at Kalfayan Galleries, the artists explore the intellect of the heart and that of the breath that make up hesychasm, a controversial Orthodox prayer practice. Often considered to be a syncretic ritual with influences of Buddhist mantras or Sufi dhikr, hesychasm allows the artists to excavate the hidden corners of ideologies, the edges of empires that make up their rich practice. At the center of the exhibit is a new work, ‘RiverBed’, a vernacular seating structure found across Central Asia, Iran and the Caucasus. As opposed to a chair, where individual space is delineated, RiverBed redeems the notion of collective seating and the fluidity of activity that accompanies these structures. While reading is at the heart of the artists’ practice, notions of hospitality also allow for reclining, sipping tea or the like. Their new ‘Kitab Kebabs’ series highlights the non-rational, non-cerebral approach to knowledge: via the unlikely skewering of books.
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