The Contest of the Fruits Book Launch with Slavs and Tatars

Friday, November 5, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (ET)
OCL Twelve Gates Arts | 106 N. 2nd St, Philadelphia
Event Type
Reception/Community Gathering
Weissinger, James R
Hurford Center for Arts & Humanities

The Contest of the Fruits Book Launch with Slavs and Tatars at Twelve Gates Arts

Friday, November 5, 2021 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Twelve Gates Arts | 106 N. 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Free with RSVP:

Join us for the official book launch for the Haverford College and MIT Press publication The Contest of the Fruits

The book brings together artists, academics, poets, and performers to create a visually compelling volume that deploys different registers (high and low) to examine subjects often considered mutually exclusive (for example, religion and hip-hop). It offers essays by leading scholars and journalists that cover topics ranging from language politics to the prominence of Uyghur rappers in China. Shorter “pop-out” texts take a more tentacular approach to Uyghur culture, sampling poetry by diaspora Uyghur poets and discussing such subjects as calligraphy, Uyghur pop music, mäshräp, and the Sufi practice of Sama.

You can pre-order your copy HERE

The Contest of the Fruits takes a nineteenth-century Uyghur allegorical poem as the point of departure for investigations into language, politics, religion, humor, resilience, and resistance in a pluralistic world. It includes a virtual series, publication, new animation work, and exhibition at Haverford’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery by renowned artist collective Slavs and Tatars in partnership with Haverford College’s Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities, Twelve Gates Arts, and the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Philadelphia

The Contest of the Fruits exhibit runs from September 10th - December 12, 2021. All exhibits and events are free and open to the public. For full schedule details and locations, visit: If you have any questions, please email: 

The Contest of the Fruits is supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

Visitors to The Contest of the Fruits exhibition and related in-person programming are required to wear masks at all times while indoors. Visitors should practice social distancing when interacting with anyone outside their family. If you or anyone in your group feels unwell, thinks they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or are waiting for COVID-19 test results, please refrain from visiting and reschedule your visit for another time.

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