The Contest of the Fruits

Friday, November 26, 2021
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)
WCC WCC 104 Cantor Fitzgerald Art Gallery
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Callinan, Matthew S
Hurford Center for Arts & Humanities

September 10 - December 12, 2021

Opening Reception with Slavs and Tatars: Friday, September 10th, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

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The Contest of the Fruits takes a nineteenth-century Uyghur allegorical poem as the point of departure for investigations of language, politics, religion, humor, resilience, and resistance in a pluralistic world. The poem features the ribald rivalry of thirteen fruits, such as the mulberry, pomegranate, quince, and pear. At the focal point of this exhibition, internationally-renowned art collective Slavs and Tatars have re-interpreted the poem as a Turkic rap battle in their first-ever animated video work. Performative and playful, it is accompanied by new sculptural works also emerging from the syncretic linguistic and ethnographic heritage at the heart of Uyghur culture.

The Contest of the Fruits is supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Additional support provided by CAIR Philadelphia, Twelve Gates Arts, and the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities’ Hillmann Moving Image Endowed Fund, the Kessinger Family Fund for Asian Performing Arts, the House Fund for Visiting Artists and Critics, and the Office of the Provost.

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