Slavs and Tatars: Bacteria Bar (in-person)

By Haverford College's Hurford Center (other events)

Friday, October 15 2021 5:30 PM 7:30 PM EST

Bacteria Bar is a pop-up exhibition by Slavs and Tatars at Twelve Gates Arts with fresh Ayran and snacks served. Join us for opening night on Friday, October 15. This exhibition will run from October 15- December 18, 2021 and is part of The Contest of the Fruits Exhibits & Events. 

Slavs and Tatars have long been interested in fermentation as a way to question our assumptions about topics as diverse as identity, reason, and history. The Bacteria Bar greets the Philadelphia public in the form of an Ayran-machine: serving ayran, a Turkish fermented yogurt beverage, amidst several works from the collective.


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: you have any questions or issues registering, please email: [email protected] 

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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