When in Rome, 2010
Slavs and Tatars

Engraved travertine, colored glass, paint, Euro coins
92 x 126 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin

Following their own words, Slavs and Tatars’ work When in Rome (2010) is based on a “deliberate slippage of terminology that allows for a move that is at once commemorative and confused. Coins are offered, not to beggars, but to believers, as they are often strewn across icons of Orthodox Christianity. If modernity is the totalizing project of the twentieth century, which doesn’t allow for failure, and where expediency trumps reflection, perhaps Roma communities offer the possibility of escape from the tyranny of the past and present.”

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