For their second show at Raster, the Slavs and Tatars collective presents an installation in the form of a pickle-juice bar. The title Society of Rascals (Towarzystwo Szubrawców) was drawn from the name of a now-forgotten literary society of 19th-century Vilnius. The society was famous for its heavily ironic, caustic displays of satire that stood counter to the self-important stance of the romantics, their soothsaying and exalted engagement in the nationalist discourse. Slavs and Tatars reference the group’s “pavement prose,” or specifically low-brow language, coupled with its cosmopolitan approach towards national identity. They bring in the centuries-old kitchen tradition of pickling to ferment or turn sour the romantic conception of fatherland and power. The pickled juices served by the artists along with provocative lexical gymnastics are meant to suggest an antidote for the pathos of Polish patriotism, while also expressing their own acerbic regard for any politics based on the oppositional binary of us-versus-them.