Slavs and Tatars

The Tranny Tease

Salt Ulus

October 11, 2014 17.00

Slavs and Tatars, The Tranny Tease, lecture-performance, 2013-2014 Slavs and Tatars, <i>The Tranny Tease</i>, performatif sunum, 2013-2014
Slavs and Tatars, The Tranny Tease, lecture-performance, 2013-2014

SALT Ulus, Ankara

Through the lens of phonetic, semantic, and theological slippage, The Tranny Tease explores the potential for transliteration – the conversion of scripts – as a strategy equally of resistance and research into notions such as identity politics, colonialism, and faith. The latest lecture-performance in the artists’ current cycle of work, The Tranny Tease focuses on the Turkic languages of the former Soviet Union, as well as the eastern and western frontiers of the Turkic sphere, namely Anatolia and Xinjiang/Uighuristan. Lenin believed that the revolution of the east begins with the Latinization of the alphabets of all Muslims of the USSR.

The march of alphabets has always accompanied that of empires – Arabic with the rise of Islam, Latin with that of Roman Catholicism, and Cyrillic with the Orthodox Church and subsequently communism. The Tranny Tease attempts not to emancipate peoples or nations but rather the sounds rolling off our tongues.

The event will be held in English.
Duration: 50 minutes

Slavs and Tatars’ work Mother Tongues and Father Throats (2012) is currently included in the exhibition Into the Country at SALT Ulus until November 1.

Wydarzenie realizowane w ramach programu kulturalnego obchodów 600-lecia polsko-tureckich stosunków dyplomatycznych w 2014 roku.

This event is organized as part of the 2014 cultural program celebrating 600 years of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Poland.