Slavs and Tatars, a collective focusing on Eurasia, work across a broad spectrum of disciplines, mediums and cultural registers. Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz offers a series of talks looking at the unlikely parallels between Poland and Iran from the 17th century to the 21st, and particularly the two countries’ efforts towards self-determination. Talks include using the 1979 Iranian Revolution and Poland’s Solidarność movement in the 1980s to re-frame and re-read the recent past; the forgotten history of a million Poles who sought refuge in Iran after being released from Soviet labour camps; and the role of a belief in Iranian descent in the origins of Polish nationalism. The multi-platform, ongoing research project, Friendship of Nations will be unveiled in its entirety at the Sharjah Biennale in the spring of 2011.

12:00 Reception
12:15 Introduction by Slavs and Tatars
12:30 Sarmatia by Agata Jastrzabek During the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth of the 16th and 17th centuries, the Polish nobility ascribed to a romanticized notion of their origins. Sarmatism–the lifestyle, culture and ideology of the Polish szlachta (gentry)–was inspired by the belief that the Polish nobility were descended from a long-lost Iranic tribe on the Black Sea. A mix of nativism, Orientalism, and an attempt to distinguish themselves from their Western counterparts, Sarmatism influenced values, fashion, culture, and the political orientation of the Commonwealth.
13:00 Wojtek and the Children of Tehran by Ryszard Antolak Ryszard Antolak discusses a chapter of forgotten history: the exodus of nearly a million Polish citizens from exile in Siberia during World War II. Released from Soviet labor camps in Siberia, Polish men, women and children found refuge across Iran’s cities, from Tehran to Esfahan which was known as the City of Polish Children. Using the salutary tale of Wojtek, the bear from Hamedan adopted by the 22nd Polish Transport Division, Antolak touches on the relations between the two countries during this time.
14:00 Screening of Khosrow Sinai’s Lost Requiem A documentary feature about the forgotten exodus of Polish refugees to Iran during the Second World War, Lost Requiem took notable Iranian documentary film make Sinai 12 years to make and as far as New Zealand in search of the stories of this remarkable episode of the 20th century.
15:30 Buffet A taste of Persian and Polish delights. 16:00 79.89.09 by Slavs and Tatars Slavs and Tatars look at two key modern moments–the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and Poland’s Solidarnosc 1980s movement–as a narrative strategy to read the recent past. Standing squarely as bookends to the two major geopolitical narratives of the last and current century–the communist project in the 20th and Islamic modernism in the 21st–these two moments will be explored such incommensurate topics as monobrows, modernity, the Beach Boys and apostasy. This talk has been given as the opening lecture at the Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Berlin’s Felleshuset; New York’s Brucennial; and Moscow’s Triumph Gallery.

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Dit evenement is onderdeel van SALON5 - Performative Journeys with Agency, Emilio López-Menchero, Potential Estate, Slavs and Tatars and Miet Warlop

Slavs and Tatars, 79.89.09, mixed media, lecture, Triumph Gallery, Moscow, 2009. Courtesy of the artists  
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