Slavs and Tatars, Not Moscow Not Mecca, Installation view, Secession 2012, Photo: Oliver Ottenschläger

Slavs and Tatars

Not Moscow Not Mecca

May 3 – June 17, 2012

“What comes to your mind when you hear the term myth?
The fragrance greeting us each and every morning.”*

Communism and Islam are the two grand narratives of Central Asia, claim Slavs and Tatars, and they go further: “In fact, Communism and Islam are the two most important geopolitical factors of the 20th and 21st centuries.” With the exhibition Not Moscow Not Mecca in the Grafisches Kabinett and an outdoor installation at the Secession, the collective formed in 2006 writes the “autobiography” of a region that is little known in this country and that bears many names: from Central Asia to Greater Khorasan, from Turkestan to Ma Wara’ al-Nahr—Arabic for “the land beyond the river”.


The Slavs and Tatars collective was founded in 2006.