Nasreddin in Russia newspaper
This newspaper recounts how Nasreddin Hodja, a folk character renowned for his wit and talent for getting out of troubles, and famed from Aksehir to the Pamirs, from Bukhara to the Balkans, went to work in Russia. Or rather, it recounts how we, a group of artists and migrant workers, looked for Nasreddin’s qualities in each other and ourselves.
Cultural ties between the newly independent post-Soviet countries
have almost been lost. But maybe Nasreddin, the naive sage or wise fool
who roams the land riding backwards on a donkey, can help us not to lose them completely? We met once a week from March to July 2014 in cafes, teahouses, courtyards. We imagined how Nasreddin Hodja and his sister (a character we invented) would react to situations in which migrant workers often end up. In the newspaper Nasreddin in Russia, we publish the fruits of these meetings and contest to find the best Nasreddin joke: Anna Tereshkin’s sketches and comics, with dialogue supplied by the contestants.
Illustrations by Anna Tereshkina
supported by Cologne Academy of the Art of the World