Edited by Dina Nasser-Khadivi and co-edited by Farah Rahim Ismail, contributors to catalogue include:

  • Dina Nasser-Khadivi, Curator of Love Me, Love Me Not
  • Negar Azimi, writer and Senior Editor of Bidoun Projects
  • Nicholas Cullinan, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Suad Garayeva, writer and curator specializing in Contemporary Art from Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus.
  • Nada Raza, Assistant Curator at Tate Modern, London
  • Monica Steinberg, PhD Candidate, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Slavs and Tatars, a faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia. The collective's work spans several media, disciplines, and a broad spectrum of cultural registers (high and low) focusing on an oft-forgotten sphere of influence between Slavs, Caucasians and Central Asians.
  • Madina Tlostanova is a professor of Philosophy at Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (Moscow).


Dina Nasser-Khadivi

is an independent curator and consultant, specialising in Contemporary art from the Middle East, Iran and selected areas of the Caucasus. Originally a 19/20th century Orientalist art specialist at Christie’s, Dina began to work with Middle Eastern and Iranian Contemporary art in 2006, developing an international platform for the artists by organising numerous awareness-raising initiatives, such as the landmark symposium An Introduction to the World of Iranian Modern and Contemporary Art held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles in the fall of 2010. With projects that have included curating private collections and advising major institutions, Dina divides her practice between New York, London, Geneva, and Dubai.

Negar Azimi

Negar Azimi is a writer and Senior Editor of Bidoun, an award-winning publishing, curatorial, and educational initiative. She has written for Artforum, Frieze, Harper's, The Nation, Parkett, and The New York Times Magazine among other venues. At the moment, she is working on a book and exhibition project about the late photographer Van Leo in her capacity as a member of the Beirut-based Arab Image Foundation. She is also a board member of Artists Space in New York.

Nicholas Cullinan

Dr. Nicholas Cullinan is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Prior to that, he was Curator of International Modern Art at Tate Modern in London where he spearheaded founding an acquisition committee to collect modern and contemporary art from Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He has taught at institutions including the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and is the author of many essays in publications such as Artforum and Frieze.

Suad Garayeva

Suad Garayeva is a Specialist in Contemporary Art from Russia and the CIS at Sotheby's London and recently curated At the Crossroads, their first-ever selling exhibition of contemporary art from the Caucasus and Central Asia, in March 2013. Suad has been a long time collaborator with Yarat! and has curated Nardaran Wedding for their pavilion at the GRID International Photography Biennale in 2012 and an exhibition of video art entitled Introspection, in Yay Gallery in April 2013. She has also worked on numerous international exhibitions, such as the Azerbaijan Pavilion at the 53rd and 54th Venice Biennales.

Farah Rahim Ismail

is an independent consultant and editor specialising in
Contemporary Art. Previous positions include Gallery Director at Aicon Gallery, London, and
Exhibitions Manager at Hauser & Wirth, London. She is now based in Doha, Qatar, and works
with collections international private and institutional. Recent editorial projects for exhibitions in
Doha include Damien Hirst - Relics (editor, 2013; Al Riwaq) Yan Pei-Ming: Painting The History
(2012; QMA Gallery, Katara), Tea with Nefertiti: The Making of the Artwork by the Artist, the
Museum and the Public(2012; Mathaf) and Ferozkoh: Tradition and Continuity in Afghan Art
(2013, Museum of Islamic Art).

Nada Raza

Nada Raza is currently Assistant Curator at Tate Modern, working on art from South Asia. She has worked with the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva) and with Green Cardamom. Recent exhibitions include Lines of Control 2012 at the Herbert F Johnson Museum, Cornell University, and Social Fabric at Iniva 2012. Nada Raza holds a Masters in Critical Writing and Curatorial Practice from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London.

Monica Steinberg

is a PhD Candidate in Art History at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at Hunter College for four years, contributed to exhibition catalogues including The Abstract Impulse and The Commonist, and is currently a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

Slavs and Tatars

Slavs and Tatars have exhibited widely throughout the Middle East, North America and Europe, including Tate Modern, Vienna's Secession, MoMA, and the Sharjah Biennial, . Their publications include Kidnapping Mountains (Book Works, 2009), Love Me, Love Me Not: Changed Names (onestar press, 2010) ), Not Moscow Not Mecca (Revolver/Secession, 2012), Khhhhhhh (Mousse/Moravia Gallery, 2012), Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi'ite Showbiz (Book Works, 2013) as well as a translation of the legendary Azeri satire Molla Nasreddin: the magazine that would've, could've, should've (JRP-Ringier, 2011).

Madina Tlostanova

is a professor of Philosophy at Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (Moscow). She has authored eight scholarly books and over 180 articles on contemporary culture and art, social theory, alter-globalism, postcolonial and decolonial discourses. Recent publications include Gender Epistemologies and Eurasian Borderlands (New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and Learning to Unlearn: Decolonial Reflection from Eurasia and the Americas (co-authored with Walter Mignolo, Ohio State University Press, 2012). Currently she is working on a book on decolonial aesthetics and contemporary art.