Introducing The Contest of the Fruits: Lecture-Performance with Slavs and Tatars

5 Feb 2020
5:45 p.m.
Arden Theatre’s Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. 2nd St. Philadelphia, PA 19106


Slavs and Tatars, Not Moscow Not Mecca, 2012, installation view at Secession, Vienna. Photo by Otto Ottenschläger.

As an introduction to their Center-supported project, The Contest of the Fruits, the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities will host international art collective Slavs and Tatars as they present their lecture-performance Al-Isnad or Chains We Can Believe In, which explores mysticism, modernity, and criticality. Slavs and Tatars have previously presented the piece at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and elsewhere.

In addition to a residency for Slavs and Tatars, The Contest of the Fruits project will consist of an animated film, publication, exhibition at Haverford’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, and further public programs, all inspired by a nineteenth-century Uyghur Muslim text of the same name.

This event is free and open to the public.

Event Schedule 

  • 5:45 p.m.: Welcome Reception
  • 6:30 p.m.: Lecture-Performance by Slavs and Tatars